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A picture of a Coprosma


Coprosma spp.

Starr 070906-8546 Coprosma repens by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Coprosma
A close up of some red berry fruits hanging from a Coprosma plant with green leaves
A close up of some green Coprosma leaves
A close up of a bunch green Coprosma leaves
A green Coprosma plant in the wild

Coprosma Overview

Coprosma is a genus of around 112 evergreen trees and shrubs with small leathery leaves, some of which are strongly scented due to the production of methanethiol, creating a dung-like smell when the leaves are crushed. This genus is distributed across New Zealand, Borneo, Java, New Guinea and various Pacific Islands including the Hawaiian Islands. Typically grown for its attractive foliage and succulent fruits. Coprosma plants produce insignificant, non-showy, often creamy-green flowers and this genus has been developed for garden planting, with many cultivars available for garden use. These plants are termed dioecious and thus produce unisexual flowers, containing either male or female reproductive organs. These gendered flowers are produced on individual plants and both are needed to make the fruits. Only the flowers of female plants produce berry fruits.

How to propagate Coprosma


Propagation is by seed in spring.


Semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Special features of Coprosma

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Coprosma

Grown for their handsome foliage and fruits.

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