Here’s a fun fact I bet you didn’t know! The genus Coprosma is named from the words ‘kopros’, meaning dung, and ‘osme’ meaning smell – referring to the putrid smell of some of the species when crushed!

Coprosma are a wide-ranging form of plant, mostly evergreen and mostly native to NZ. Common species are C. acerosa, repens, robusta, and kirkii (a natural hybrid between acerosa and repens). C. acerosa and kirkii are prostrate, ground-cover forms, while the others are upright and often used for native hedging. They are mostly pretty hardy, and good for coastal situations.

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