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Rainbow Surprise Mirror Plant

Coprosma 'Rainbow Surprise'

Glossy leaves offer an amazing rainbow of colors throughout the year. Green and cream variegated leaves tinged with gold and pink become hot pink and olive green in winter. A tidy, rounded, compact shrub for a low hedge or container plant. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationkop-ROS-muh
LoreIn 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 MaturityModerate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasGood 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseHedge, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsFountain 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

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