HOHERIA SEXSTYLOSA STARDUSTAlso called ribbonwood, this compact evergreen tree or shrub is a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae) and endemic to New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands where it grows in lowlands and lower montane forests.. The simple dark green leaves are glossy, narrowly ovate and coarsely toothed. The fragrant white flowers have five petals and prominent stamens, and appear in terminal umbels from mid- to late summer. Plants thrive in damp, mild climates and do well in seaside gardens but need protection from drying winds.

Type: Evergreen tree or shrub

OutstandingFeature: Flowers, evergreen foliage

Form: Columnar

Growth Rate: Rapid

Bloom: White, fragrant, five-petaled flowers with prominent stamens in umbels from mid- to late summer

Size: 25’ H x 20’ W

Light: Semi-shade

Soil: Average, moderately moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 8-10

Pests and Diseases: Coral spot

Propagation: Layering from autumn to early spring, semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

By Karen