Pseudopanax ferox
(Horoeka, Toothed Lancewood)

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Pseudopanax ferox
(Horoeka, Toothed Lancewood)

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Foliage Colour: Dark Green
Growth Rate: Medium
Mature Height: 5 m
Mature Width: 2 m
Site Condition: Coastal, Exposed, Heavy Soil, Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil
Sun: Full Sun
Drainage: Dry, Moist
Category: Tree
Features: Native. Attractive to birds and insects. Flower colour: Green. Fruit colour: Brown. Suitable restoration species.

Pseudopanax ferox, Toothed or Fierce Lancewood, is a spectacular slow-growing specimen with narrow, down pointing saw-like brown very tough juvenile leaves that have irregular blunt bumps along the edge. Once the slow-growing tree reaches maturity at 10 to 15 years, the leaf form becomes shorter, wider and dark green in colour. It is only in adulthood that the tree's shape changes from one central stem and has downward growing leaves to a more typical tree shape with branches spreading to build a round head. A mature toothed lancewood can reach 6 metres height with a trunk of up to 25 cm in diameter.

Habitat: Coastal to subalpine (10-800 m a.s.l.) on consolidated sand dunes (dune forest), in grey scrub overlying pumice, on recent alluvial (coarse gravels), limestone outcrops, boulder fall, cliff faces, talus slopes and scarps. Also found as a sparse component of seasonally drought-prone but otherwise cold and wet alluvial forests. This species prefers drier habitats and conditions than P. crassifolius.

Flowering: Summer [November - April]
Fruiting:    Autumn [December - June]

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