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We have just planted a hedge of Griselinia Littoralis, commonly known as Kapuka or New Zealand broadleaf. Has anybody planted this themselves and what do they think of it?




Useful shrub, makes a good hedge, but is not bone hardy and may lose its leaves completely in a cold winter.

16 Jun, 2013


They used to sell them at the walled garden above Solva, so they probably expect them to be OK where you are - are you very exposed to the sea wind?

16 Jun, 2013


The specific name gives a clue as to their preferred conditions. Littoralis means by the shore, but of course, that's in New Zealand (where I'm from), so a cold wind may do them no good, as Bamboo says. However, in a sheltered, or west facing position, a fairly dense hedge. (I prefer other things, but I'm being generous and charitable!)

16 Jun, 2013


yes, we planted a hedge of them in Devon and they did very well, we had the varieagated, which are slower growers than the palin green. Hardy plants.

16 Jun, 2013


How did they survive the dreadful high winds we just had?

22 Jun, 2013


What I recall clearly was what happened to quite a few hedges of these plants during that cold winter three years back, the one which killed thousands of cordylines. Many of these hedges were leafless, some killed, but luckily, we don't often get such severe winters.

23 Jun, 2013


@steragram - we are near the sea in Milford Haven. I have tied them back so the recent winds fortunately didn't affect them.

29 Jun, 2013


Thank you all for your comments!

29 Jun, 2013


Sent you a PM Notsogreen

29 Jun, 2013

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