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Is Coprosoma a creeping plant as suggested by the name ?
No - they are smallish shrubs. They don't creep at all, but the growth habit is not upright, more spreading. I don't know where in the UK you are, but I am in a mild-ish area, and lost all mine last winter, in spite of fleecing them - so they must be classed aa pretty tender plants! I took my new ones into the greenhouse this time.
4 Feb, 2010
Before I but in, is Coprosoma the same shrub as Coprosma?
i thought we had a similar question about it being C repens a couple of days ago.
if its second name is repens it is a creeper.
I was guessing, I have to admit, Mr MB.
Sbg - they might have 'repens' after their name, so they could well 'creep' in their native habitat, agreed, but they can't behave like that in the UK as they ae not frost hardy. :-((
So, lets say that we are talking about what I know as Coprosma. We have two of these, neither C. repens. Coprosma petriei is only a baby yet which I was given as a rooted cutting two summers ago. It has sat outside in its pot ever since and is growing slowley. The other is now five to ten years old and is planted in the garden. It is now about 3m tall and of loosley columnar structure. It has long lost its label but I expect to be seeing my benefactor in a couple of weeks time so I will try to remember to ask. Both come from south island, New Zealand and have proved to be fully hardy for me though I know that some species of Coprosma are, indeed, half hardy.
I have just been in contact with our friend by email and the more mature shrub is Coprosma propinqua.
So that one is hardy, then? Could you please post a photo of it at some stage? I'd love to see it. :-)
I will try to remember, Spritzhenry. In the meantime you could look pictures on Google Images.
5 Feb, 2010
Good thinking! I will. :-)
And I have - did you know that your Coprosma's common name is 'Mingimingi'?
It should be hardy down to -15, as well - not like some of the others!
Lol. No I didn't. That sounds like a Maori word. Ours has certaily seen -15C a few times over the last couple of winters.
Well, mine died at about - 5c, I think - and that was with protection!
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