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Coprosma repens 'Poor Knights' is a specific cultivar of Coprosma repens. 'Poor Knights' is a popular and attractive variety known for its unique foliage colors and patterns.



Growth Habit: Coprosma repens 'Poor Knights' is a small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a compact and bushy growth habit. It typically reaches a height of around 50cm to 70cm and has a similar spread.

Leaves: The main highlight of this cultivar is its striking foliage. The leaves are glossy, leathery, and elliptical in shape. They display a mix of vibrant colors, including shades of green, yellow, cream, pink, and red. The variegated patterns create an eye-catching and unique appearance.

Flowers: Similar to other Coprosma repens varieties, 'Poor Knights' produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are usually greenish-yellow in color. The flowers are not the main ornamental feature of the plant.

Berries: After flowering, the shrub may bear small, colorful berries. The berries can be various shades, depending on the specific cultivar, adding further visual interest.


Growing Conditions:


Sunlight: Coprosma repens 'Poor Knights' prefers full sun to partial shade. It usually displays the best foliage colors when grown in bright light conditions.

Soil: This cultivar thrives in well-draining soil and can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils. It can also adapt to slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil pH levels.

Watering: Once established, 'Poor Knights' is relatively drought-tolerant. However, regular watering during dry spells is beneficial to keep the foliage vibrant and healthy.

Temperature: This plant is well-suited for temperate climates and can tolerate light frosts. It may require protection in colder regions with harsh winters.

Pruning: Pruning can be done to shape the shrub or to remove any dead or diseased growth. Light pruning after flowering can promote bushier growth and maintain the plant's form.


Coprosma repens 'Poor Knights' is a fantastic choice for adding color and interest to garden landscapes, rock gardens, and containers. Its vibrant and variegated foliage makes it a standout feature, and it can be used as a striking accent plant or as part of mixed plantings. As a native New Zealand plant, it also provides habitat and food sources for local wildlife.

Coprosma repens 'Poor Knights'

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