Pseudowintera colorata ‘Red Leopard’

Pseudowintera colorata ‘Red Leopard’

New zealand pepper tree

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

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Pseudowintera colorata 'Red Leopard'
  • Common name: New zealand pepper tree
  • Family: Winteraceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Golden

Green

Purple

Variegation

New Zealand pepper tree, Pseudowintera colorata, is an attractive, medium-sized evergreen shrub, bearing cream-white leaves which are splashed with pink and red when young. These are complemented in spring by star-shaped, yellow flowers. Native to the south island of New Zealand, it’s ideal for a sunny, sheltered site and may need protection in winter. 

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Pseudowintera colorata ‘Red Leopard’ has yellow-green leaves with splotches of dark, wine pink. Grow in well-drained, neutral to acid soil in a sunny, sheltered site. Protect from cold winter winds and severe frost – it may suffer leaf damage or die back if too exposed. Mulch annually with composted bark or leaf mould. It requires little or no pruning, however cut back in spring if necessary. 

How to grow Pseudowintera 'Red Leopard'

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy, half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / acidic

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 not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do 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 flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do 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 not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Pseudowintera 'Red Leopard' and wildlife

Pseudowintera 'Red Leopard' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Pseudowintera 'Red Leopard' poisonous?

Pseudowintera 'Red Leopard' 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