Coprosma rhamnoides
(Red-fruited Coprosma)

Coprosma rhamnoides
(Red-fruited Coprosma)

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Details:

Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Rate: Medium
Mature Height: 2 m
Mature Width: 1 m
Site Condition: Exposed, Frost Tolerant, Heavy Soil, Sandy Soil, Waterways
Sun: Full Sun
Drainage: Dry, Moist
Category: Shrub
Features: Native. Suitable for hedging or shelter. Attractive to birds, insects and lizards. Flower colour: Cream. Fruit colour: Dark Red. Suitable restoration species.

Coprosma rhamnoides is a dense tightly divaricating shrub. Tiny light green leaves. Stiff red/brown branches. Good for exposed, dry areas. N.Z. flora has a large number of shrubs with small tough leaves and wiry interlacing branches – divaricates. Some even have brown or grey new growth, giving a dead-like unattractive appearance. It is suggested that this may be a defensive growth mechanism to deter visits from browsing moa. Coprosma rhamnoides is a good example.

In October the plants develop small pale cream flowers which are dioecious (sexes separate). These flowers are wind pollinated. Drupes appear on the female plant in March-April small (3-4mm) red berries, turning dark red or black as they ripen.

Habitat: It is widespread in Canterbury and Westland in lowland to lower montane-scrubland and forest mostly as an understorey plant. It is less common higher in the montane zone.

Flowering: Spring [October - November]
Fruiting:    Autumn [March - April]

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  Each 20 or more
2l Pot $9.50 $9.00

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