The Araliaceae have become a major new component of the sheltered woodland garden.
Many new species are growing in the garden at Tregrehan for the first time in the UK. Genera include;
Brassaiopsis from Arunachal Pradesh in India
Dendropanax from Mexico
Gamblea from the Himalaya
Metapanax from China
Oreopanax from Mexico
Pentapanax from China
Pseudopanax from New Zealand
Schefflera from Vietnam
Sinopanax from Taiwan
Trevesia from Vietnam
Often reaching 10 metres or more in warm evergreen forest the Araliads are often confusing to identify as they continually change their leaf shape until fully mature and flowering.
With many trees and shrubs in this type of vegetation having a simple leaf structure they provide a welcome distraction with often bizarre leaflet shapes on the tips of huge petioles up to a metre or more in size.