Coprosma virescens | Mingimingi

Drainage:Very DryWell Drained
Height Range:2
Site Conditions:ExposedFrost TolerantHeavy SoilSandy SoilWindy
Spread Range:1
Sunlight:Full Sun
Features:Attractive foliageAttractive to BirdsAttractive to insectsDivaricatingEvergreenSuitable for HedgingSuitable for Revegetation SpeciesSuitable for Shelter


Coprosma virescens has divaricating, tangled, coppery red or gold branches. Attractive in groups, hedging especially where something is needed that does not spread too much. Like other small-leaved trees and shrubs, it can provide a sense of depth in gardens. Prefers full sun and free-draining soil, but is tolerant of poor soil and dry conditions.  Useful for drier areas in riparian revegetation, but plants may suffer if exposed to extreme drought. Thrives in cold conditions, partially deciduous putting the bold branch colour on show in winter.

Coprosma virescens is endemic to New Zealand. Found on well-drained to poorly draining fertile soils in forest and shrubland. Throughout its range it is mainly eastern, being common in Canterbury south to Southland.

Small-leaved coprosmas are good for revegetation projects, hedging, and adding texture to a garden. Mingimingi are evergreen and suited to full sun to part shade.  They produce berries from January to April that are dispersed by fruit-eating animals (frugivory).  They also provide habitat for New Zealand’s declining lizard and gecko populations. As attractors of these small animals, they are a pioneer shrub in revegetation projects. Mingimingi provides a tough shelter, providing good food for native birds and lizards, as well as ground cover for these.

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