This is a small genus of only 3 species of evergreen shrubs that have become immensely popular in the landscaping of NZ gardens. They all produce small star-like yellow flowers followed by red, orange or yellow berries and are ideally suited to hedging due to their unusual interlacing branch habit and dainty leaves.
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Corokias are reasonably frost hardy and can tolerate wind and coastal situations. They are sun lovers and are partial to well-drained, fertile soil. They respond well to pruning as this helps to maintain both the shape of the shrub as well as the density of the leaf growth. Leaves are small and leathery in most cases.
Hybrid varieties of Corokia have provided for a wide range of personal tastes. They are available in colours ranging from silver, green, grey, bronze, chocolate, yellowy-green and red. An interesting variety is the commonly known ‘wire netting bush’ (Corokia cotoneaster) which is like a tangle of zig-zagging branches with tiny leaves at sparse intervals.
This is a great little shrub that will grow just about anywhere, even dry, windy difficult sites. Narrow green leaves and a 'zig zag' branch pattern certainly add interest as do the bright yellow flowers that appear in spring. Red berries follow the flowers that will attract birds to your garden. Evergreen
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1m
Native. Chocolate without the calories! The soft melted chocolate colour of the leaves combines well with other foliage and looks fantastic as a formal hedge with a difference. Easy to grow and clips extremely well. Yellow flowers in spring followed by berries that birds love. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Add a silvery green shimmer to your planting schemes with this special little native. Great contrast plant that makes a wonderful formal hedge or topiary specimen as it clips extremely well. Equally attractive planted in informal groups. Easy to grow. Evergreen. PVR.
Corokia are tolerant of coastal conditions, very hardy and thrive in just about any soil though their preference is for an open sunny site. Very quick to establish. If not trimmed to hard the little yellow flowers will turn into red berries in the autumn that birds love.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Native. A tough, hardy shrub discovered by the late Mike Geenty in the Waikato. A top plant for hedging or background planting. Attractive olive-green leaves, small yellow flowers in spring followed by red berries that birds love. Tolerates regular trimming. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Native. This form of Korokio or Corokia was discovered at the Mangatangi dam in the Hinua ranges hence the name. The foliage is silver green and has quite a 'misty' look. Yellow flowers in spring followed by berries. A great shrub for group planting or hedging, tough, hardy and evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1.5 x 1m