A rather rare evergreen shrub or small tree in the Aralia family, native to lowland or montane shrubland or low forest on limestone soils along the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It forms a broad, spreading crown of numerous, initially purplish brown branches. The attractive leaves have a palmate structure with 3 or rarely 5 thick, glossy green leaflets with serrated margins. In cultivation it is easily grown in a range of temperate climates and prefers a sunny location on moist but well-drained soil. It can stand up to some coastal exposure. Seeds germinate easily and may benefit from cold stratification for about a month.