• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Hoheria angustifolia

narrow-leaved lacebark

narrow-leaved lacebark


  • Other common names narrow-leaved lacebark

  • Synonyms Hoheria microphylla

  • Family Malvaceae

  • Genus Hoheria can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees with simple, toothed leaves, often distinctive juvenile foliage on young plants, and terminal umbels of fragrant white, 5-petalled flowers with prominent stamens

  • Details H. angustifolia is a slender shrub or small tree of columnar habit, to 8m, with abundant small twigs bearing small, leathery leaves. Juvenile plants are dense and bushy with slender, interlacing branches and tiny leaves. The small flowers are 2cm across and creamy-white, produced in abundance in summer

  • Plant range New Zealand


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Clay


  • Sand


  • Loam


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Tolerant of a range of soils and conditions but best grown in a well-drained alkaline or neutral soil in a sheltered position in sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by seed in autumn, propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Architectural Coastal Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 in spring or after flowering but pruning is seldom necessary

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Coral spot may be a problem in damp shady sites

Did you find the information you were looking for?

RHS members can get exclusive individual advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team.

Join the RHS now

Get involved

We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.