This pretty shrub or small tree grows to 5 m (17 ft.) tall, belongs to the Aralia family and is native to New Zealand, where it is found in along lowland forest margins or in open scrubland in the northern part of the North Island. Sometimes it grows as an epiphyte on tree ferns or larger trees. Its leaves have a palmate structure with 5 to 7 large, glossy green leaflets on reddish stalks. P. laetus hast the lushest, most tropical appearance of all the NZ Pseudopanax. In cultivation it is easy to germinate and grow and will adapt to most warm temperate climates.