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Products > Meryta sinclairii 'Moonlight'
Meryta sinclairii 'Moonlight' - Variegated Puka

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Araliaceae (Ginsengs)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Greenish White
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 12-20 feet
Width: 15-20 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Meryta sinclairii 'Moonlight' (Variegated Puka) - A slow growing round-headed large shrub to small tree growing smaller than the species which gets to 18 feet tall with long-petioled large, 1 to 1 1/2 foot long, glossy green, mottled with yellow, paddle-shaped leaves at the ends of the dark brown branches. Plant in full sun to light shade and water occasionally. Though reported to not tolerate much frost is has proven to be hardy to at least 25 F for short durations in our garden. A very interesting and showy plant for near frost free gardens and like the species should take coastal winds. Its bold foliage also makes it great for containers or as a specimen in the garden. Meryta sinclairii 'Moonlight' was originally selected by Ralph Jordan Australasian Nurseries Auckland in the 1960s. We first became aware of this plant from the cover of Lawrence Metcalf's The Cultivation of New Zealand Trees and Shrubs published in 1972 and received three small plants in 2005 from Robert Bett of Lynndale Nurseries. In 2011 we believe we have finally propagated enough to begin selling this fantastic plant in limited quantities. We also continue to grow the species which itself is a great plant - see more information in our listing for Meryta sinclairii. Web images from Robert Bett. .  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Meryta sinclairii 'Moonlight'.