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Griselinia littoralis


New Zealand Broadleaf

Fast growing evergreen shrub

The New Zealand broadleaf is an evergreen shrub which grows quickly and has elongated, apple green leaves and small insignificant flowers.


It likes to bask in the sun and its evergreen nature makes it a superb hedge; it can also flourish in coastal areas.


Grow in well drained soils and plant about a metre away from each for an attractive easily maintained hedge.

Hardy to minus 10 Celsius, fast growing if fertilised regularly. Known as Kapuka in its native New Zealand.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering October - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September