One of New Zealand’s most common evergreen small trees; Pseudopanax arboreus, favours forest and open scrub areas from sea level to c.750m.
The leaf is composed of usually five leaflets, thick and leathery in texture. Held to the branch by a distinctly shaped sheath. The branches have a flexible almost pliable feel to them and consequently the framework becomes wide spreading.
The inflorescence is a compound umbel. Each individual umbel rounded with flower buds held on short sturdy stalks. All stalks composing the umbel are a purple shade, setting off the inflorescence against the foliage.