Pseudopanax ferox

Pseudopanax ferox

Lancewood

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does not flower in May

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Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

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Plant does fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Pseudopanax ferox
  • Common name: Lancewood
  • Family: Araliaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Green

Foliage colour:

Black

Pseudopanax ferox is an unusual evergreen tree that hails from New Zealand. It eventually forms a rounded shape but is grown for its striking juvenile appearance, which can last for many years.

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The long, dark bronze-green leaves have a jagged edge (evolved to protect the plant from grazing animals) and are hooked, pointing downwards, radiating from a thin trunk. The leaves look almost black, and have a red midrib. Umbels of green-white, star-shaped flowers may appear in summer, followed by black berries on female plants. Pseudopanax ferox has a distinctive architectural appearance that looks good in contemporary gardens. It can be grown in a pot.

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Grow Pseudopanax ferox in fertile, well-drained slightly acid soil, sheltered from cold winds and harsh sun. Incorporate plenty of organic matter when planting. The plant doesn’t need pruning but remove any broken or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. Pseudopanax ferox does well in urban and coastal gardens and is hardy in milder parts of the UK. It may suffer dieback in harsh winters. 

How to grow Pseudopanax ferox

  • Plant size

    5m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Prune
Prune

Do Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do Prune in December

Pseudopanax ferox and wildlife

Pseudopanax ferox has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Pseudopanax ferox poisonous?

Pseudopanax ferox has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People