GRISELINIA GONE WILD
Used extensively by vineyards in the famous Marlborough
Wine Region to protect the grapes from wind and
weather, it’s also a popular plant for use at beach resorts.
This amazing evergreen shrub has a thing for stiff breezes
and salt–laden ocean air. Called “Kapuka” by the Maori,
Griselinia has alternate, smooth–edged, glossy oval
leaves and short flower panicles that bear up to one
hundred tiny yellow flower sepals, but no petals. Berries
are small, dark purple and edible but bitter—best leave
them for the birds.
Likes well–drained soil.