Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

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Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

Post by GREVILLE » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:47 pm

Found this at a huge trade nursery's greenhouse containing a few random exotics ten years ago. I was struck by it's resemblance to the houseplant Schefflera arboricola variegata. This is much hardier and has survived the recent winters planted out for the last eight years unprotected and unscathed.

The only nursery I've seen list it is Burncoose in Cornwall.
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Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

Post by fern Rob » Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:03 pm

It almost reminds me of a Horse Chestnut.
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Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

Post by Nigel Fear » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:59 pm

I've had it a few years too,a local nursery here sells it occasionally.
Seems tough as old boots, a lot of mine seems to be reverting to green though, so I'll have to have a go at trying some cuttings some time.


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Post by Nigel Fear » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:01 pm

fern Rob wrote:It almost reminds me of a Horse Chestnut.
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Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

Post by GREVILLE » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:41 pm

One or two shoots occasionally revert on mine but I always cut them out at source.


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Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

Post by jungle jas » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:57 pm

Greville, nice plant, icon_thumright have you ever tried to propagate it from seed or cuttings? Does it have any flowers of note?
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Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

Post by GREVILLE » Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:15 pm

Never tried cuttings, Jas, but I think it would root successfully in gritty compost on gentle bottom heat with leaf tops covered. Never seen it flower and set seed but I would imagine if it did you would have the plain green version. My mature P. laetus flowers itself to death every year but I've never got viable seed. I guess I'd have the same problem with this if it ever flowered.


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Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

Post by fern Rob » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:26 pm

I have never seen one before
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Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

Post by Somerset77 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:09 am

They have these at Trevenna Cross near Helston Cornwall. Nearly got one yesterday but got the Arboreus instead. They are very tough, have had the Sabre variety for a while and nothing bothers it. Absolutely love them, good alternative to Scheffleras.
Next time I'm down there I'm going to get the Laetus, stunning plant!
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