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Coprosma acerosa - A.Cunn.
                 
Common Name Sand Coprosma
Family Rubiaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal sand dunes[44] and elevations up to 1200 metres[11], on North, South and Chatham Islands[225].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Coprosma acerosa Sand Coprosma


Coprosma acerosa Sand Coprosma
   
Physical Characteristics
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Coprosma acerosa is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Sep to October. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses: Coffee.

Fruit - raw[177]. Sweet and juicy[173], but with little flavour[225]. The fruit is usually pale blue and up to 8mm long x 6mm wide[200, 225]. The roasted seed is an excellent coffee substitute[153].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Dye.

A yellow dye is obtained from the wood, it does not require a mordant[153].
Cultivation details
Requires a moist, very well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun or light shade[200]. An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils, so long as they are well-drained[225]. Judging by its habitat this plant should be tolerant of maritime exposure[K]. Somewhat intolerant of frost[200], this species is hardy at Kew but it prefers milder winters[11]. It does not succeed in the colder areas of the country[11]. Fruits are freely produced in Ireland[11]. Does well on a sunny ledge in the rock garden[11, 182]. A widely spreading mat-forming prostrate plant, though it will eventually build up to a height of 60cm[225]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200, 225], especially C. petriei[225]. Plants are normally dioecious, though in some species the plants produce a few flowers of the opposite sex before the main flowering and a few hermaphrodite flowers are sometimes produced[225]. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.
Propagation
Seed - probably best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse or cold frame[K]. Sow stored seed in spring in a cold frame[200]. Germination can be slow, often taking more than 12 months even when fresh seed is used[K]. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots. Grow on the plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Give the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors[K]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame.

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Conservation Status
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