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!
Unique, unusual shrub that forms a cushiony mound of slender, twisting, intertwining branchlets. The stems have a golden tone & the leaves are small & dark green. Excellent for hanging over banks/ walls etc & will really add interest to the garden. Tolerates dry, hot conditions. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 150cm
Spreading, narrow leafed sand shrub with cushiony mass of interlacing branches. Tiny white flowers in summer, sometimes followed by small blue berries. Extremely hardy. Prefers moist, free draining conditions. No salt. Evergreen.
Habit: Low prostrate Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
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
With year round interest, this great little shrub has golden summer tones with splashes of lime green and orange which intensify in the winter. Excellent for small hedges, group plantings or for adding colour contrast. Plant in sun or part shade with protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
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
A great little shrub with glossy dark red foliage that looks good all year round. Use for contrast planting in the shrubbery or as a hedge with a difference. Loves to be clipped. Will grow in sun or light shade, tolerates coastal conditions and light frost. Evergreen. PVR
Colour: Assorted Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm 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
NZ Native. Coprosma Prostrata has little shiny green leaves and makes an attractive groundcover. Great for those tough spots in the garden. Hardy and tolerant of dry conditions. Plant in full sun. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
An easy to grow Native shrub with very glossy burgandy foliage with lime green tips on new growth Tolerates coastal, windy conditions and sun but doesn't like harsh frost. Good for group planting and re-vegetation of difficult areas. Evergreen.