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
Native. A spreading coprosma with dark brown foliage which darkens in winter to near black. Hardy and easy to grow. Makes a great groundcover for those tough spots in the garden. Will tolerate coastal conditions. Evergreen.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 100cm
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
Native. Coprosma Minogue. An excellent and popular groundcover that is tolerant of most conditions. The small narrow leaves are glossy olive green. It is fast growing groundcover for clay banks or steep difficult areas. It also acts as a weed suppressant. Minogue is a vigorous green-leafed cultivar, flatter and neater. Evergreen
Habit: Groundcover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 200cm
An attractive NZ Native, foliage shrub with small glossy leaves in shades of lemon, lime and green. The colour will intensify in winter. Use as a back-ground plant or for hedging. Easy to grow in most conditions but needs protection from harsh frost. Evergreen. PVR SHM252.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2 x 1.2m
Coprosma Lemon n Lime
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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
Native. This little shrub has stems that twist and turn this way and that covered with little lime green leaves. Forms an interesting dense mound that looks good in a rockery or group planted. Likes sun or part shade but not heavy frost. Great coastal plant, easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Twisting Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m