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Products > Pseudopanax lessonii 'Moas Toes'
Pseudopanax lessonii 'Moas Toes'
Image of Pseudopanax lessonii 'Moas Toes'
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Araliaceae (Ginsengs)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Pseudopanax lessonii 'Moas Toes' (Moa's Toes Lancewood) - A slow-growing, upright, evergreen dense foliaged shrub to 6 t0 10 feet tall, with glossy and leathery, dark green three lobed palmate leaves with the elliptical shaped boldly toothed leaflets that are often flushed with purple and having colorful pale red veins often edged with yellow. Small and inconspicuous greenish white flowers are borne in lowers in irregular umbellules (compound secondary umbels) in summer. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in an area with well-drained soil and somewhat protected from wind. Cold hardy to around 25° F and tolerant of near coastal conditions. This plant makes a nice specimen plant for a narrow and protected spot in the garden with interesting foliage. The narrow leaflets are likened to the toes of a Moa, the huge, extinct, and flightless bird that once roamed New Zealand. It is a selection of Pseudopanax lessonii, often called lancewood or Houmapara and found natuarally growing in coastal scrub and forest throughout the North Island of New Zealand. The name for the genus comes from the combination of the Latin words 'pseudo' meaning "false" and 'panax', the early name for the ginseng plant and the specific epithet honors the French doctor, zoologist and botanist René Primevère Lesson (1794-1849) or his younger brother Pierre Adolphe Lesson (1805-1888) as both botanized and collected plants on voyages to New Zealand. We received this plant from PlantHaven in 2018. 

Information about Pseudopanax lessonii 'Moas Toes' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.