Mirror Plant

6 Sep

Mirror Plant (Coprosma repens) evergreen shrub, moderate growth to 3-8 feet in height depending on variety, arching, spreading growth habit, shiny dark green leaves may be edged with pink or golden yellow, full to part shade, drought tolerant.

Native to New Zealand, these plants 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 aredramatic group of colorful foliage plants, growing 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 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.

Coprosma petriei is a spreading, mounding plant that grows 2 to 2 1/2 ft. high, eventually 6 to 8 ft. wide. Small, roundish oval leaves are bright shiny green. Set 2 to 2 1/2 ft. apart for ground cover in 3 years. Cut out upward-growing branches. Tolerates more cold, heat than Coprosma x kirkii. Egg-shaped fruits are translucent purplish red or blue.

Coprosma repens has rapid growth to 10 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide; much lower and more compact when subjected to seacoast conditions. Inland, an open, straggly shrub if neglected—but beautiful, dense form if pruned twice yearly (at any height desired). Oval or oblong leaves are 3 in. long, 1 1/2 in. wide, dark to light green, almost unbelievably shiny and glossy. Yellow or orange fruits. Use as hedge, screen, informal espalier.

 

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