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Plant type Natives, Shrubs
Plant Uses Hedging Plant, Border

Best uses

Great for windy, coastal situations, as a hedge or ground cover.

Physical characteristics

A compact, rounded, evergreen shrub growing to 1.5m tall and 1m wide.

Flowers and foliage

Leaves are ovate and variegated green and gold. Flowers are generally missed as they are so small. This plant is usually grown for its foliage.

Preferred site

Performs best in full sun in moist but well-drained soil. This Coprosma will tolerate wildy coastal conditions also.

Preparation for planting

Always choose healthy, well-grown, plants and plant after autumn rains, when the soil is moist and warm allows shrubs to establish a good root system well before summer. Planting is often improved on clay soils by adding extra topsoil and forming raised beds. Incorporate coarse sand, bark, peat, compost or other organic material to improve soil structure. Before planting ensure the root ball is saturated and remove the planter bag or pot with minimal root disturbance. Trim any broken roots or branches and plant at the same level as in the container. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root ball to plant in. Long term slow-release fertilisers may be added at this stage. As soil is placed in the prepared hole tread firmly to bring soil in close contact with the root-ball. Unless the soil is very wet water thoroughly making sure that moisture penetrates to the depth of the root-ball.

Maintenance tips

Water well over the summer months and mulch annually with an organic mulch. This will suppress weeds and help conserve moisture. Feed with a balanced fertiliser in spring such as blood and bone. This Coprosma can easily be pruned to shape or trimmed as a hedge.

Location at Auckland Botanic Gardens

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