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Savage lancewood - how's that for a name?

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BY DEBBIE OLDFIELD -
ALTER-NATIVES NURSERY & LANDSCAPE

Savage lancewood is only one of many Pseudopanax that we stock here at Alter-Natives. Pseudopanax are tough, versatile, easy care natives that come in many different shapes and sizes.

These hardy natives will grow in a wide range of soils and situations. Some perform very well in harsh coastal conditions, while others are more at home in more peaceful garden situations. A lot of the more recently bred cultivars fall into the latter group. They come in some amazing leaf shapes and colours - yellows, bronze, purple and obviously green. They fit in well, in a wide variety of garden ‘themes’. Pseudopanax laetus for example has lush, large, dark green leaves that look wonderful in a tropical themed garden. Where as Pseudopanax ferox or savage lancewood looks great as the centre of attention in a coastal or minimalistic themed garden – lots of pebble, big rocks, driftwood and low growing grasses.

Looking after your Pseudopanax is pretty easy, they don’t get many insect or fungal problems and can handle quite dry conditions once established, and if you buy the right one for your situation they require minimal or no pruning. About the only thing they won’t tolerate well are wet soil conditions. An added advantage to this family of plants is that they produce berries that feed the Tuis and Wood pigeons. Come in and check out our wide range of Pseudopanax

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