My Metapanax delavayi takes my breath away, daily. At least these days. The new growth has fully emerged and is holding it's bright green coloring. These new leaves hang above the older, darker leaves. The effect is of billowy clouds of green, and impossible to capture in a photo.
As if that wasn't enough, my little "tough love" sale plant—only $2 and barely a foot tall when I bought it in 2010—has grown up to completely block the view of the neighbor's house and bi-colored garage behind our property. It has become an unintended focal point as you enter the back garden...
After sharing the image below on Instagram, I realized the big leaves/small leaves/big leaves mash-up of texture was all made possible by Cistus Nursery. Shefflera delavayi at the bottom, the Metapanax and then Magnolia macrophylla at the top.
Metapanax delavayi is a surprising unknown shrub for as wonderful and easy care as it is. An evergreen in the Araliaceae family it's hardy in Zones 7-9 and grows to approximately 6-8ft tall and wide.
I have also heard it called "pot-leaf" Aralia, for it's similarity in looks to the marijuana plant.
Even though I purchased my plant in 2010 it bounced around the garden for a few years before finally being planted in this spot in 2013. Click over to the post "Schefflera-land, all planted up…" to see a few photos of how small it was then.
Metapanax delavayi, it's a good one.
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