PSEUDOPANAX crassifolius

Commonly known as Lancewood

Huge spiky purplish-red leaves which appear almost black from a distance. With us it has proved completely hardy and achieved 15 feet in height
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Long, slender seedling leaves to 60cm (24in) long and downward pointing. Seedling leaves are ovate to lance-shaped, coarsely toothed or lobed. Mature leaves are linear. rigid, with red midribs and spine-tipped teeth. On mature plants leaves develop into 3- or 5-palmate form, leathery, with linear or sword-shaped leaflets 20cm (8in) long.
  • White
  • Height
    5m (16ft)
  • Spread
    1m (39in)
  • Tall Shrub
    unbranched for many years. Mature plants develop a rounded head. Produces flowers in umbels 7-10cm (3-4in) across, followed on pollinated female plants by spherical black fruit 5mm (¼in) across.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

PSEUDOPANAX crassifolius

Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only
Small £25.00 each 
Available again from summer 2024 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
Large £35.00 each 
Delivery Information Available again from summer 2024


  • Additional Features
    Architectural interest
    Exotic plants
    Good to know
    Grown for its dramatic juvenile form. Requires good drainage
    Pests & Diseases
    Place of origin
    New Zealand
  • Flower Shape
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Australian / New Zealand
    Greenhouse / conservatory
    Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Shelter from cold, drying winds.
Pseudopanax - Growing Guide
5m (16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1m (39in)

Buy Varieties of PSEUDOPANAX crassifolius

PSEUDOPANAX crassifolius f.trifoliatus

PSEUDOPANAX crassifolius f.trifoliatus

narrow dark green leaves with three lobes. Leaves tinged brown and lightly toothed

£20.00 each 
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