Known for its ornamental foliage, Coprosma repens, a native of New Zealand is ideal for bonsai, rock gardens, and displays in containers. This hardy shrub can attain a height of 5-10 feet tall with a width of 4-6 ft. and are known to be prized for their compact clustering foliage with variegated white and green leaves. Although tolerant to both full sun and semi-shade, this species does best in dappled light conditions with regular water.
Common Names for the Coprosma repens include mirrors, shining bush, and variegated mirror plants that can take moderate temperatures ranging between 20 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. As a species tolerant to both wet and dry terrains, and salt spray from the sea, this large and attractive shrub also invites a range of attractive wildlife to it and is a popular species found in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11.
When planting in cold regions, especially in containers, it is important to make sure that your soil is well-draining, and maintain regular watering and humidity. Dried nutrients and other organic matter should be applied and room for proper air circulation is essential to prevent rot and pest infestations. Moreover, your dwarf variegated mirror plant can benefit from regular pruning to promote bushier and stronger foliage.