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Coprosma prostrata, commonly known is a low-growing evergreen shrub that is native to New Zealand. 



  • Size: Creeping Coprosma is a ground-hugging shrub that typically grows close to the ground, forming a dense mat. It has a prostrate or trailing growth habit, with branches that can spread up to 2 meters wide.
  • Leaves: The leaves of Coprosma prostrata are small, oval-shaped, and leathery. They have a glossy appearance and can range in color from dark green to variegated shades of green, cream, and bronze. The foliage often has a waxy texture, which gives it a mirror-like appearance.
  • Flowers: The shrub produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are usually greenish-yellow or cream in color. The flowers are not particularly showy and are often followed by small berries.
  • Berries: Coprosma prostrata produces small berries that transition from green to red or orange as they mature. The berries are attractive to birds and can add further visual interest to the plant.


Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Creeping Coprosma is adaptable to a range of climates, including coastal and inland regions of New Zealand. It can tolerate both mild frosts and warm temperatures.
  • Sunlight: Coprosma prostrata thrives in full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate some shade but typically exhibits more vigorous growth and more vibrant foliage coloration in sunnier locations.
  • Soil: The shrub is not overly demanding when it comes to soil conditions. It can grow in various soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils. It prefers well-draining soils but can tolerate occasional moisture.
  • Watering: Once established, Coprosma prostrata is relatively drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. It can withstand dry periods but benefits from occasional deep watering, particularly during prolonged droughts.
  • Maintenance: This plant is generally low-maintenance. It requires little to no pruning, but occasional trimming can be done to maintain its shape or remove any dead or leggy branches.


Coprosma prostrata is often used in ground cover plantings, rock gardens, and coastal landscapes. Its low-growing and spreading habit makes it suitable for filling in gaps and controlling erosion. Additionally, the variegated forms of this plant can add visual interest and contrast to garden beds.

Coprosma prostrata

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