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PlantFiles: Five Finger, Puahou
Neopanax arboreus

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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

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

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

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive albey30 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.

Negative bwr 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



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