Coprosma is a genus of 108 species.
Overview of Coprosma
They are flowering plants that are native to:
– New Zealand (45 species)
– Hawaii (about 20 species)
– New Guinea
– Islands of the Pacific Ocean to Australia
– Juan Fernández Islands
• Many species are small shrubs.
• They have tiny evergreen leaves.
• The flowers have insignificant petals and are wind-pollinated.
• Natural hybrids are common.
• The fruit is a non-poisonous juicy berry.
• It is bright orange.
• It has two small seeds.
• The name Coprosma means “smelling like dung”.
• This smell is given out by the crushed leaves of a few species.
Some of the Species are:
• Coprosma acerosa
• Coprosma acutifolia
• Coprosma antipoda
• Coprosma arborea
• Coprosma areolata
• Coprosma astonii
• Coprosma australis
• Coprosma banksii
• Coprosma brunnea
• Coprosma chathamica
• Coprosma cheesmanii
• Coprosma ciliata
• Coprosma colensoi
• Coprosma crassifolia
• Coprosma crenulata
• Coprosma cuneata
• Coprosma depressa
• Coprosma dodonaeifolia
• Coprosma foetidissima
• Coprosma grandifolia
• Coprosma huttoniana
• Coprosma inopinata
• Coprosma intertexta
• Coprosma lanceolaris
Scientific classification for Coprosma
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Gentianales
• Family : Rubiaceae
• Subfamily : Rubioideae
• Tribe : Anthospermeae
• Genus : Coprosma
Growing/Caring conditions for Coprosma
• Sow the seeds about five to seven weeks before the expected last frost date.
• Fill a six-pack planting container with moistened seedling compost.
• Do not firm but loosen the compost into the cells of the planting container.
• The plant needs a rough surface is required.
• Sprinkle two or three seeds into each cell.
• Scatter a very thin layer of medium-grit sand on top of the seeds.
• This is to anchor them.
• Mist each cell of the planting container with a spray bottle.
• This is required to settle the soil and seeds.
• Spray until the seedling compost is moist.
• It should be moist 1/4 inch below the surface.
• Stretch a length of plastic wrap across the planting container.
• This is to ensure moisture near the seeds.
• Place the planting container inside a refrigerator.
• Keep it for about two weeks.
• Move the planting container to a bright and sunny room.
• The temperatures should be around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Mist the seeds whenever the soil surface feels dry.
• Spray each cell until water gathers on the surface.
• Look for germination which should be in 15 to 25 days.
• Keep the strongest, healthiest seedling.
• Keep the seedlings indoors.
• Place it until one week after the last frost in spring.
• Plant them outdoors about 10 to 20 inches apart.
• Plant them in a shady bed with moist and fertile soil.