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Pseudopanax arboreus

Pseudopanax arboreus (Five Finger, Puahou)

is a medium sized narrow frost hardy perennial evergreen tree. It grows well in semi-shade, and prefers medium levels of water.
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This tree has all year round interest.


Pseudopanax arboreus grows in soils ranging from a pH of 6 (acidic ranges from 5.6 to 6) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.


This is a rounded tree has a fast rate of growth has an ultimate height of 5m / 16.4ft and spread of 2m / 6.6ft. It can take 6-10 years to reach its ultimate height.


It has green leaves. They are oblanceolate in shape. The leaf has a dentate / toothed margin.


The plant prefers a sheltered situation.


Moderate in whole plant. Toxic if eaten.


Architectural, attractive foliage, tropical effect, wall side and coastal/seaside suitable.


Salt/sea spray (high).

Fruit and seed

The fruit is purple. There is a fruit/seed abundance beginning in Autumn and ending in Autumn.


New Zealand.

-7°C / 19.4F 6 to 8 6-10 years 5m / 16.4ft 2m / 6.6ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Pseudopanax
Specific epithet ? arboreus
Synonyms (other names) [Edit]
  • Panax arboreus
  • Neopanax arboreus
Common names
Five Finger (Ireland), Puahou (Ireland)
IPNI details on Pseudopanax arboreus
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