Coprosma acerosa A. Cunn.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Coprosma acerosa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/coprosma/coprosma-acerosa/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

Genus

Glossary

berry
Fleshy indehiscent fruit with seed(s) immersed in pulp.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
linear
Strap-shaped.
prostrate
Lying flat.
unisexual
Having only male or female organs in a flower.
variety
(var.) Taxonomic rank (varietas) grouping variants of a species with relatively minor differentiation in a few characters but occurring as recognisable populations. Often loosely used for rare minor variants more usefully ranked as forms.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Coprosma acerosa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/coprosma/coprosma-acerosa/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

A low, evergreen shrub, whose prostrate wiry stems are covered with a minute down, and form a mass of interlacing twigs. Leaves opposite, either in pairs or in clusters, 14 to 34 in. long, about 120 in. wide, linear, dark green, glabrous. Flowers unisexual; the males from one to four in a cluster, females solitary; both inconspicuous. Fruit globose and berry-like, 16 to 13 in. in diameter, of a pale, translucent blue.

Native of New Zealand, up to 4,000 ft. It is a fairly hardy shrub, surviving the winters at Kew, but finding more congenial conditions in milder places. I have seen it very charming in the botanic garden at Glasnevin and in other Irish gardens, where it bears fruit freely. There are two varieties in cultivation, viz.: var. brunnea Kirk, with brown shoots, shorter branches, and more widely separate leaves – this is now given specific rank as C. brunnea (Kirk) Cheesem.; and var. arenaria Kirk, with yellow, more slender branches, and more closely set leaves. The former variety is said to fruit much the more freely in Ireland, and is more ornamental. It is suitable for the rock garden.