Coprosma 'Evening Glow'

Coprosma 'Evening Glow'

Description: A colourful, upright evergreen shrub with striking glossy variegated foliage. The small leaves are green splashed with yellow / orange markings that turn pink / red / brown in winter and spring. Today these plants are used for great foliage effect especially when a tropical feel to the garden is the aim.

Uses: Great dramatic foliage plants for beds, borders, coastal areas and containers. Coprosma are normally grown for their attractive foliage. The leaves take on a more dramatic colour in winter and spring.

Climate / Position: Plant in partial shade to sunny site. The best foliage colour is achieved in a sunny site.

Height / Spread: Height up to 1m. Spread 80cm.

Soil Requirements: Moist but well drained soil.

Pruning: None required though trimming stragley shoots or shaping after winter may be useful.

Additional Interest: There are about 60 species of this shiny leaf shrub originating from Australasia. Indigenous peoples use the wood and inner bark of coprosma as a yellow dye, the leaves are used for an antibacterial wound poultice and the seeds are ground as a coffee substitute  The genus was found and classified in the late 18th century and this variegated hybrid was first in New Zealand.