• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Requires regular watering in summer- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches three feet tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicious
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Average landscape size:Reaches three feet tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Black
    Blooms:Inconspicious
    Design IdeasLooks best in group plantings and magnificent when combined with succulents.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance,shear annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Requires regular watering in summer- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Across the South Pacific in Australia, New Zealand, and Borneo are about 60 species of this shiny leaf shrub. The genus was classified by the German, Johann Reinhold Forster in the late 18th century. Some species of Coprosma carry an unusual "catty" odor which led Forster to derive this genus name from the Greek for a fetid smell. One of the most famous collectors of Coprosma species was I. Bauer, who traveled New Zealand in 1804-1805.
    Lore:
    In the South Pacific and New Zealand, indigenous peoples use the wood and inner bark of coprosma as a yellow dye that requires no mordant. The leaves are used for an antibacterial wound poultice. Seeds are ground as a coffee substitute.

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