Rainbow Surprise Mirror Plant
Coprosma 'Rainbow Surprise'
Full sun, Partial sun
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Lore||In New Zealand, dyes are made from the inner bark of many Coprosma species which does not require a mordant. A poultice of the leaves is used to treat wounds by the indigenous peoples. Seed is ground for a coffee substitute.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||Good focal point with multi season interest in short range compositions. Use in shrub or mixed borders to provide structure against large leaf exotics or tropicals. Fine foundation plant for year around coverage of crawl spaces, meters and vents. Well-sized for framing art or fountains with a nest of attractive foliage. Plant as an informal hedge or barrier to separate spaces.|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Hedge, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Cordyline (Cordyline); Mandevilla (Mandevilla);Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon)|
Grows easily in average to poor, neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-10