Griselinia

Griselinia littoralis

  • Size:

    Height: 10-20'; Spread: 6-10'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; narrow and upright canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Leathery, green, ovate/oblong leaves 1-3" long

  • Flower:

    Insignificant green flowers April through May.

  • Fruit:

    1/4-1/2" black berry.

  • Bark:

    Smooth to slightly bumpy, charcoal gray.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning to train a good shape. Regular pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Coastal conditions, loam or sandy soil, high winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Does very well in wind and salt spray from the coast. Can be grown as a shrub.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to New Zealand where it grows as high as 50'. Also available in variegated form. Great as a windbreak.