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Coprosma repens 'Picturata' (m/v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green in Spring

Foliage

Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

looking-glass plant 'Picturata'

Family

Rubiaceae


Coprosma are evergreen shrubs with leathery, simple leaves and insignificant dioecious flowers, followed by colourful berries on female plants, where both sexes are grown together

'Picturata' is an evergreen shrub with rounded, glossy leaves to 6cm in length, with an irregular central blotch of creamy-yellow

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in a loam-based potting compost in bright filtered light with good ventilation. Water freely in summer and keep just moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring. Seedlings must be protected from frost. Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free