Five Finger, Puahou
Neopanax arboreus

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Neopanax
Species: arboreus (ar-BOR-ee-us) (Info)
Synonym:Panax arboreus
Synonym:Pseudopanax arboreus
Synonym:Neopanax arboreus
Synonym:Neopanax arboreum

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Purple

Brown/Bronze

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Rubbery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 3, 2009, albey30 from Christchurch
New Zealand (Zone 9a) wrote:

Hi there,
I have 9 trees of this species bought from 3 - different sources over a 2 - year period and all of them are growing fantastic.
Half of them have gone through 2 winters with temps down to ( -5.0 degrees celcius ) with no issues whatsoever.
I dont know why the five fingers died for: 'bwr'

If you can tell me what month you planted them in ?
The amount of watering you provided the plants after planting ?
The size of the plants when you planted them ?
The soil conditions you planted them in ?
If you disturbed the roots when you took them out of the bag ?
Did you plant them in full sun
How much exposure to the elements ?

This will tell me how your plants died.

Thanks,
Rod... read more

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On Nov 4, 2008, bwr from oamaru
New Zealand wrote:

Had 2 plants : one suddenly wilted without obvious cause and died, the other seems to be following same pattern but not found any information on problems-disappointing when New Zealand native