Polyscias sambucifolia ssp. 3|Elderberry Panax

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Dense shrub, suckering to form colonies.
Size (W x H)
1-3m x 1-6m
Divided leaves 6-30cm long, more than 6 pairs of leaflets. More than 11 dark to blue-green, narrow oblong, stalkless leaflets 20-40mm x 3-7mm. Margin occasionally lobed.
Terminal clusters of tiny clusters branched once, occasionally twice. Fleshy edible translucent mauve to blue fruit.
Flower colour
Cream to greenish-yellow
Flower time
January to February
Growing conditions
Moist well drained soils, widespread in dry to wet forests and woodlands between 200-1500m. Dappled to semi shade.
Commonly used for
Low screen. Suckering habit will form copse. Can be pruned. Suckers may be removed at the base.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory