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Griselinia is a relatively small family of evergreen shrubs with only 6 species in the family. They are indigenous to Chile and NZ and it is interesting to note that along with Griselinia many of our native plants have a close association with those found in Chile. Something for further discussion after a bit more research!
Griselinia littoralis or Kapuka is a deservedly popular evergreen shrub found throughout NZ. The name 'littoralis' means'of the seashore' so that's a sure indication that this shrub will do well in coastal conditions. Actually, Griselinia littoralis does well in just about any conditions including wind, cold, sun or part shade. Extreme harsh frost and a permanently soggy, wet soil will probably cause them to sulk a little but even under those conditions, the plants are amazingly tolerant.
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Here at Wairere we mainly sell Griselinia for hedging. The plants are quick to establish, don't mind being trimmed regularly (though this is best done in summer) and with their fresh, shiny, undulating light green leaves they always look well groomed and ready for action! A first choice plant when establishing a new section as it won';t take long before they offer a solid background, hedge or windbreak depending on what is required.
There is a larger leafed form of Griselinia called G. lucida which adds a more sub-tropical air to the garden with its luxuriant foliage. However this form is not so hardy and does not tolerate the same harsh conditions as its close cousin. G. lucida does well on the coast and with its aerial root system can even be found growing high on rock faces and in the forks of large trees. In the garden it has a more down to earth habit and adjusts its root growing system accordingly. If you want a large quantity of Griselinia for hedging talk to us about the various grades and price options available.
Native. This is a fabulous evergreen shrub that really comes into its own when used as a hedge. Gorgeous green polished leathery leaves, a tidy well groomed appearance and a tolerance for just about any conditions including coastal make this an invaluable landscaping plant. Clips well.
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Gorgeous, broad, glossy green foliage with attractive wavy margins. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Very tidy and well groomed. Evergreen.
Native. A selected form of the ever popular Griselinia. Desirable for the small dark green glossy foliage which is offset by red stems. Ideal background shrub but at its best when used as a hedge. Tolerant of just about any planting conditions including coastal. Evergreen.
Native. A selected form of the ever popular and versatile Griselinia. Small glossy green foliage with undulating edges looks good all year round and 'Alpine' has a nice compact habit and high tolerance to just about any conditions including coastal. Fast growing - evergreen.
Native. The gorgeous, large glossy leaves of this evergreen shrub are ideal for adding a lush tropical look to the garden. Undemanding and tolerant of wind, and coastal conditions but not harsh frost. Will grow quite large if left to its own devices but trims well. Can be used for hedging.
The common name of this shrub is Puka or Akapuka not to be confused with Meryta which is also a native commonly called Puka. See that's why we use those hard to say Latin names.
Native. An easy to grow shrub which is invaluable for difficult sites as it is tolerant of almost any conditions including coastal. Fresh bright green foliage highlighted by red stems. Particularly useful for hedging. Always looks neat and tidy, trims exceptionally well. Evergreen.
Native. An attractive dense bushy tree with glossy green, leathery, oval leaves which are slightly wavy on the edges. This selected form has slightly darker green leaves than the species and gives a more compact effect. Excellent for shelter belts, shrubberies and coastal planting. Hardy and evergreen. PVR.
One of the best plants for hedging you will find as it establishes quickly and is so tolerant of whatever nature (including humans) has to throw at it.