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Coprosma acerosa, commonly known as Coprosma hawera, is a small evergreen shrub native to New Zealand. 



  • Size: Sand Coprosma is a small shrub that typically grows up to 60cm in height and spread. It has a compact and densely branched growth habit, with a rounded or mounded shape.
  • Leaves: The leaves of Coprosma acerosa are small, narrow, and linear-shaped. They are usually gray-green or bluish-green in color, and the edges may be slightly rolled under. The foliage often has a waxy or leathery texture.
  • Flowers: Sand Coprosma produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are typically greenish or yellowish in color. The flowers are not highly ornamental and may go unnoticed.
  • Berries: Female plants of Coprosma acerosa may produce small, fleshy berries. The berries are usually orange or red in color and provide a food source for birds.


Growing Conditions:


  • Climate: Sand Coprosma is well-adapted to coastal and dune environments in New Zealand. It is tolerant of salt spray, wind, and sandy soils. It can also be grown in other temperate climates with mild winters and warm summers.
  • Sunlight: Coprosma acerosa thrives in full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate a wide range of light conditions but generally prefers bright, indirect light.
  • Soil: The shrub is highly adaptable to various soil types, including sandy, gravelly, or poor soils. It prefers well-draining soils but can tolerate some moisture. It is commonly found in coastal areas with sandy or rocky soil conditions.
  • Watering: Sand Coprosma has moderate water needs. While it can tolerate periods of drought, regular watering during dry periods will help maintain optimal growth and appearance.
  • Maintenance: This plant is generally low-maintenance. It requires little to no pruning, although light pruning can be done to shape the shrub or remove any dead or leggy branches.


Coprosma acerosa is commonly used in coastal gardens, native plantings, and as a ground cover on sandy or rocky slopes. Its ability to tolerate harsh coastal conditions makes it suitable for stabilizing dunes and controlling erosion. Additionally, it provides habitat and food for birds and contributes to the overall biodiversity of the area.



Coprosma acerosa ‘Hawera’

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