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Pseudopanax Arboreus or Five Fingers belongs to the family of Araliaceae.




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Pseudopanax Arboreus is also known as Five Fingers and is a New Zealand native tree that belongs to the family Araliaceae.

Overview of Pseudopanax Arboreus or Five Fingers

• It is one of New Zealand’s more common native trees.
• It has compound leaves.
• It has five to seven leaflets.
• The leaves are characteristic of the tree and easily recognized.
• The Lancewoods are also members of the same genus.
• They are quite common throughout New Zealand.
• In these areas they are found in lowland forest and open scrub.
• This is hence a small tree with large leaves divided into 5-7 leaflets.
• Pseudopanax arboreus is fast growing.
• It has small purplish black berries in autumn.
• It is used for re-vegetation.
• It can grow up to a height of 5m and width 2m.
• It grows in Semi-shade.
• It provides food for native birds.

Scientific classification for Pseudopanax Arboreus or Five Fingers

• Kingdom : Plantae
• Division : Magnoliophyta
• Class : Magnoliopsida
• Order : Apiales
• Family : Araliaceae
• Genus : Pseudopanax
• Species : P. arboreus
• Binomial name : Pseudopanax arboreus

Growing/Caring conditions for Pseudopanax Arboreus or Five Fingers

• This plant likes light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.
• It prefers well-drained soil.
• It cannot grow in the shade.
• The soil pH should be acidic that is less than 6.8.
• It likes dry soils to moderate moisture.
• The soil can be rocky or sandy.
• The plant is propagated by seed.
• Sow the seed in fall or spring.
• Stratify the seeds for ten weeks at 40 degrees.
• Plant the seedlings.
• Space the plants to 18 to 24 inches.
• The hairs of the plants can spread through winds.

Caring for Pseudopanax Arboreus or Five Fingers

• This plant requires Full sun to partial shade.
• It likes dry soils to moderate moisture.
• The soil can be rocky or sandy.
• The soil pH should be acidic that is less than 6.8.
• Asters are resistant to insects and disease.
• Treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
• Avoid insect or disease problems occur.
• Choose a different spot each year to avoid the risk of Aster Wilt disease.
• Avoid over-watering the plant as this can cause rotting of the plant.
• Be careful of the spread of hairs around, as some can be allergenic to it.





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