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Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’ (photo courtesy of Ball Horticultural Company)
Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunrise’ (photo courtesy of Ball Horticultural Company)

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Coprosma hybrids

Evergreen, Shrubs


Native to New Zealand. Where hardy, all are valued for ease of maintenance in difficult situations and for handsome, glossy foliage. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants; female plants bear attractive small fruits when a male is nearby for pollination.

Coprosma hybrids

A dramatic group of colorful foliage plants, growing to 4–5 ft. tall and nearly as wide. Bright accents for borders or in pots. Avoid pruning in hot summer months. ‘Evening Glow’ has glossy green leaves that are variegated gold during the growing season and turn orange-red in fall and winter. ‘Rainbow Surprise’ bears leaves variegated with cream and pink, washed with red in fall and winter. ‘Tequila Sunrise’ produces shiny green new growth, edged with gold. As they mature, the leaves gradually pick up shades of gold and orange before turning bright red and orange in winter. More compact than others. ‘Coppershine’ can reach up to 6 ft. tall. Its leathery leaves are bright green heavily shaded with copper. New growth is even more heavily tinted; entire plant is bright copper in winter. Good hedge or screen.

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