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Coprosma Lobster is a stunning, low-growing shrub native to New Zealand. It is commonly known as "Lobster" due to its distinctively shaped, claw-like leaves that range in color from vibrant red to dark burgundy. It is a low-growing shrub that typically reaches a height of around 50cm and spreads up to 1m wide. Its unique leaves are thick and leathery with a glossy texture, and the plant produces small, inconspicuous flowers in the summer. The leaves of Coprosma Lobster are the plant's main attraction, with their vivid colours ranging from bright red to dark purple.

This unique plant makes an excellent addition to any garden and is a popular choice among New Zealand gardeners for its eye-catching appearance and low maintenance requirements. It is native to the coastal regions of New Zealand's South Island and is well-suited to growing in coastal gardens. It is also a great option for rock gardens or as a ground cover in larger garden beds. The plant's vibrant colours make it an excellent choice for adding interest to a border or mixed planting.

Coprosma Lobster is a member of the Coprosma family, which includes around 110 species of evergreen shrubs and trees. It is a relatively new addition to the horticultural world, having been introduced to New Zealand gardens in the 1990s. The plant is known for its hardiness and ability to thrive in a variety of conditions, making it a popular choice for both home gardens and commercial landscaping projects.



Coprosma Lobster is a low maintenance plant that is easy to care for. It prefers well-draining soil and a sunny or partially shaded location. The plant is drought-tolerant but should be watered regularly during its first growing season to establish a strong root system. Once established, it requires little additional watering.


Birds and Bees

While Coprosma Lobster does produce small flowers, they are not particularly attractive to pollinators like bees. However, the plant's berries are a valuable food source for birds and may attract them to your garden.



They do not require regular fertilisation, but you can feed it with a general-purpose fertiliser in the spring to encourage healthy growth.



Coprosma Lobster is hardy to around -5°C and can survive mild frosts. In colder regions, the plant may benefit from being mulched during the winter months to protect the roots.



They require minimal pruning, but you can trim back any dead or damaged growth in the spring to promote healthy new growth. You can also shape the plant by pruning it back to maintain its compact form.



Coprosma Lobster can be propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings in the summer. Take a 10-15cm cutting and remove the lower leaves before planting it in a pot filled with well-draining potting soil. Keep the cutting in a warm, bright location and water it regularly until it has established roots.



Coprosma Lobster is generally disease-free, but it may be susceptible to root rot if overwatered.



Also relatively pest-resistant, but may attract spider mites or scale insects, in which case use a spray like Grosafe Enspray 99 to deal with them.

Coprosma Lobster

    • Evergreen: Yes
    • Flower colour: Inconspicuous
    • Mature size: 1m wide x 0.5m tall
    • Temperature: Hardy
    • Light: Sun/semi shade
    • Moisture: Hardy
    • Soil: Well drained
    • Wind tolerance: Hardy


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