Elderberry Panax, Ornamental Ash, Elderberry Ash, Elderberry Panax Or Elderberry Ash.
Polyscias sambucifolia, Tieghemopanax sambucifolius.
Polyscias, from Greek poly, many, and scias, canopy, umbel, referring to generally large umbels.
Up to 5m.
Presence in Australia
Noted in Munderoo district. Probably also in similar country in surrounding areas.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas.
Wet or dry sclerophyll forest, open forest, woodland and rainforest. Moist gullies or sheltered slopes.
Tall shrub to small tree, to 5m high.
Well-drained soils. Tolerates extended wet periods, and shade to semi-shade.
Highly variable appearance. Fast-growing.
Yellow-green, Nov-Feb. Profuse, but rarely conspicuous.
When berries translucent steely-blue and edible.
From seed or cuttings of firm young growth.
Suckering roots. May form dense colonies.
Stabilises soils along gullies where it naturally occurs.
Excellent for shady moist gardens, indoor containers, and for quick-growing screens. Responds to pruning. Remove suckers at ground level.