Araliaceae. (Lancewood) When fully mature, forms a rounded tree with a tall trunk. The juvenile foliage is dark and linear reaching 2ft long with a yellow midrib on each leaf. The leathery, lance-like juvenile foliage evolved as a defence mechanism to prevent grazing animals from cropping the young tree. However, once a safe height is reached, usually after 12 years or so, the rounder adult foliage begins to appear.
Grow in any well-drained, gritty soil in full sun or partial shade in a sheltered position.
Ht. 5m. New Zealand. **