Native to the rocky hills and mountain forests of New Zealand, Coprosma kirkii is a groundcover or small shrub, growing to a modest height of 2-5 ft, with beautiful foliage that is an ornamental delight.
The glossy aspect of its leaves, variegated in shades of green and edged white, is what lends it its moniker 'mirror plant.' Prostrate in form with a compact growth pattern, it adds visual interest to any landscape. Its easygoing nature is a boon - it will grow in full sun, semi-shade, and shade, and requires regular to moderate watering.
Hardy in USDA Zones 9-11, and can be grown in a pot, Coprosma kirkii also adds beauty to regions that experience cold weather as long as the pot is kept sheltered with insulation. It's a great choice for both busy homeowners who want an easy going addition to their yard and gardeners with a penchant for making exquisitely groomed bonsais.
In its natural habitat, Coprosma kirkii occupies sunny clearing and open woods, taking on the form of a small spreading shrub. When used in landscaping, it's important to keep the Coprosma kirkii's growth in check and prune regularly for a neat, manicured look.
When it comes to Coprosma kirkii's preferences, there are a few to note. The most important one is to remember not to let the soil get too dry and water it regularly, allowing excess water to drain off. Keep it in the shade during the summer in cold climates and make sure it's exposed to an adequate amount of light to encourage growth.
Even with experts at their helm, Coprosma kirkii's are one of the more low-maintenance plants to keep. Pruning and shaping must be done before the hot summer or shortly after, in the fall season - be sure to wear gloves when pruning as Coprosma kirkii has a very delicate, lightly bristly skin.
No matter where you're growing Coprosma kirkii, be sure to give it the kind of care it deserves for a lasting, lush display of its ornamental foliage.