Griselinia littoralis

Kapuka, pāpāuma, New Zealand broadleaf

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A large evergreen shrub, Griselinia littoralis displays leathery apple green leaves that can be trimmed into a dense screen or left to grow into a specimen.

Extreme drought and late frost will damage the plant, otherwise it is exceptionally tolerant of windy sites even on the coast.

Origin: New Zealand
Genus: Griselinia
Species / Cultivar: littoralis
Common Name: Kapuka, pāpāuma, New Zealand broadleaf

Plant Biography

Griselinia littoralis is native to New Zealand, where it is known as kapuka or pāpāuma in the language of the indigenous Māori population. In the wild it grows in coastal areas as well as up to 900 metres above sea level.

The species name ‘littoralis’ means ‘of the sea shore’ and that gives a clue to the perfect use for Griselinia littoralis – as hedging or shelter in exposed coastal locations where it can handle salt laden gales with impunity.

Griselinia littoralis
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

This plant is usually grown for its attractive foliage and screening value, however there are very small and inconspicuous flowers. If you manage to grow male and female plants together the females will develop small dark purple fruits in autumn - a bit of a challenge as growers do not generally record the sexes of their plants.

Care & Size Guidance

Griselinia littoralis can be reasonably fast growing once established in the right conditions, and can reach up to 8 metres in height. However they are very easy to prune as a hedge to keep at a smaller size.

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