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Plant Profile

Pseudopanax Cyril Watson is a large shrub that can grow up to 3 meters in height. It has striking glossy green leaves that are large, deeply lobed, and resemble a hand with five fingers, hence the name Mountain Five-finger. It was first discovered by Cyril Watson in 1965 on the slopes of Mt. Taranaki in the North Island of New Zealand. The plant was named in honor of Watson, who was a renowned botanist and naturalist. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stem and can grow up to 30 cm long and 25 cm wide. The tree produces small clusters of greenish-white flowers in the spring, which are followed by small red berries in the fall.



Pseudopanax Cyril Watson is a hardy plant that is relatively easy to care for. It prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter and a sheltered spot in full sun or partial shade. It can tolerate light frosts but needs protection from severe frost and strong winds.


Watering and Feeding

Pseudopanax Cyril Watson requires regular watering during the summer months, especially during periods of drought. It also benefits from a regular feeding regime during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.



In colder areas, it is recommended to protect small plants from frost by wrapping it in hessian or frost cloth. Young leaves will burn off with heavy frosts, but otherwise they are hardy. Mulching around the base of the plant can also help to insulate the roots and protect them from freezing.



Pseudopanax Cyril Watson can be pruned to maintain its shape and size, but it is not essential. It is recommended to prune in the spring before new growth appears.



Propagation is best done by taking semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or early autumn. Cuttings should be taken from the current season's growth and planted in a well-draining potting mix.


Diseases and Pests

Pseudopanax Cyril Watson is relatively pest and disease-free, but it can be susceptible to scale insects and aphids. Regular monitoring and treatment with insecticidal soap or neem oil can help to control infestations.


Substitutes and Companion Plants

Pseudopanax ferox, commonly known as Toothed Lancewood, is a similar plant that can be used as a substitute for Pseudopanax Cyril Watson. It has smaller leaves with toothed edges and a more upright growth habit. Other companion plants that work well with Pseudopanax Cyril Watson include native ferns, hebes, and flaxes.


In conclusion, Pseudopanax Cyril Watson is a unique and striking addition to any New Zealand garden. It requires relatively little maintenance and is hardy enough to withstand most conditions. With its glossy green leaves, small white flowers, and berries it is sure to attract birds and bees.

Pseudopanax Cyril Watson

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    • Evergreen: Yes
    • Flower colour: Green-white
    • Mature size: 2m wide x 3m tall
    • Temperature: Semi-hardy
    • Light: Sun/semi shade
    • Moisture: Hardy
    • Wind tolerance: Hardy


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