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Coprosma hirtella

Rough Coprosma

Dense erect or spreading shrub, branches often square.

Additional information

  • FamilyRubiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-2 m x 0.5-1.5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesRough, thick, broad leaves with distinct point on the end, 15-50 mm x 10-25 mm.
  • Flower colourGreenish
  • Flowering timeAugust to October
  • FlowersClusters of 3 or more insignificant male & female flowers on separate plants (dioecious). Edible orange-red fruit.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in mountain forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Sheltered positions in shade.
  • Garden useLow screen in moist shaded areas. Fruit edible but can leave an after taste. Good for planting on slopes.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally scattered within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Food - fruit
Photographer/s: 1 James Booth, NatureShare ©; 2-5 Marilyn Bull ©

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