This is a genus of about 90 species of evergreen shrub-like plants as well as small trees, many of which are endemic to New Zealand, with others originating in Australia and the Pacific regions. Some of the shrubs have a spreading habit and others are divaricating, which means that the stems have a branching habit. They are commonly known as the Mirror bush due to the high gloss of the leaves.
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There is a Coprosma for every landscape purpose, from groundcovers to specimen shrubs, hedging and shelter. They are a very tolerant group of plants, adaptable and hardy, will grow in sun or shade and don’t mind much about their soil conditions. They are low maintenance, quick growing, hardy and will benefit from a pruning in winter. Coprosmas can be found in a variety of environments from the mountains to the coast and there’s a place for them in all ornamental designs.
Many hybrids feature strong greens, bronzes, creams, pinks, apricots, bronze-blacks and mottled colours in the larger leaved species. The smaller leaved species have quirky textures and finely interwoven stems, which are sometimes a feature in themselves as they have a golden colour. The female plants produce an abundance of berries that feed birds such as wax eyes and lizards. They create good habitats for small birds and are ideally suited to revegetation projects and school grounds.
And just for some trivia, the name Coprosma means smelling like dung and refers to the smell given out by the crushed leaves of a few – not all - species! Nice dinner party conversation stoper!
Poor old Freddy not only is he flat he's not really all that handsome and can easily be walked upon. However he is very tough and hardy and will cover a lot of ground. Great little native to plant in difficult sites. Interesting fine brownish foliage on flat brown stems. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 60cm
NZ Native. This form was discovered on cliffs near Hawera. It is a ground hugging native that forms a tight mat of small narrow olive green leaves. Excellent landscape plant for covering large areas of ground. Hardy, tolerant of cold and wind. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 200cm
A NZ Native, compact form of the popular Hawera type. Forms a low compact spreading groundcover that will hug the ground. Hardy. Tolerant of cold and wind. Excellent for covering lager areas of ground.Evergreen
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 150cm
Native. An interesting little shrub with stems that twist and tangle themselves into what is known as a divaricating mound. The foliage is tiny and the whole plant has tones of bronze-red. Hardy and robust - ideal for coastal sites. Plant in the sun. Evergreen.
Habit: Twisting Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 120cm
An easy to grow Native shrub with very glossy green foliage hence the common name 'Mirror Plant'. Tolerates coastal, windy conditions and sun but doesn't like harsh frost. Good for group planting and re-vegetation of difficult areas. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1m
Current Stock Height: 50/60 cm ?
Container: 0.5l ?
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Native. Commonly known as Karamu this evergreen native shrub has small dark green leaves with pale under-sides. Insignificant pale green flowers are followed by small orange berries that birds love. Easy to grow in sun or part shade with protection from harsh frost. Trim regularly to keep tidy.
Early Maori used Karamu as a food source and of course native birds love the berries. Believe it or not Coprosma are in the same family as the coffee plant but we wouldn't recommend substituting Karamu for your favourite brew!
Colour: Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Container: 1l ?
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Native. A tough little native plant that is a useful ground-cover for large areas or difficult sites. Dainty dark green foliage, inconspicuous flowers that are sometimes followed by little blue berries. Hardy and easy to grow. Evergreen.
Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 150cm