Fruit - raw. Sweet and juicy, but with little flavour. Dry weight is 3.3% protein, 8.1% sugar and 24.6% lipids. The orange fruit is about 12mm in diameter. The roasted seed is an excellent coffee substitute.
A yellow dye is obtained from the wood, it does not require a mordant.
Medicinal uses(Warning!)There are no medicinal uses listed for Coprosma lucida.
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. 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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Requires a moist, very well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun or light shade. Succeeds in most soils. Somewhat intolerant of frost, this species is only likely to succeed outdoors in the milder areas of Britain. Plants have proved to be nearly hardy in an Essex garden. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus. Plants are tolerant of heavy clipping or pruning. Sometimes found as an epiphyte in the wild. 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. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.
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