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Edible uses


Fruit - raw[1]. Sweet and juicy[2], but with little flavour[3]. The fruit is usually pale blue and up to 8mm long x 6mm wide[4][3]. The roasted seed is an excellent coffee substitute[5].

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Material uses

A yellow dye is obtained from the wood, it does not require a mordant[5].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Coprosma acerosa.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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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[4]. 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[4]. An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils, so long as they are well-drained[3]. Judging by its habitat this plant should be tolerant of maritime exposure[K].

Somewhat intolerant of frost[4], this species is hardy at Kew but it prefers milder winters[6]. It does not succeed in the colder areas of the country[6]. Fruits are freely produced in Ireland[6]. Does well on a sunny ledge in the rock garden[6][7]. A widely spreading mat-forming prostrate plant, though it will eventually build up to a height of 60cm[3]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[4][3], especially C. petriei[3].

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[3]. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Coprosma acerosa
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? 1.01.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Crowe. A. Native Edible Plants of New Zealand. Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 0-340-508302 (1990-00-00)
  3. ? Knees. S. The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995. Royal Horticultural Society ISBN 1352-4186 (1995-00-00)
  4. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  5. ? Brooker. S. G., Cambie. R. C. and Cooper. R. C. Economic Native Plants of New Zealand. Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-558229-2 (1991-00-00)
  6. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  7. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
  8. ? Allan. H. H. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington. (1961-00-00)

Facts about "Coprosma acerosa"RDF feed
Article is incompleteYes +
Article requires citationsNo +
Article requires cleanupYes +
Belongs to familyRubiaceae +
Belongs to genusCoprosma +
Has binomial nameCoprosma acerosa +
Has common nameSand Coprosma +
Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
Has edible partUnknown part + and Fruit +
Has edible useCoffee + and Unknown use +
Has environmental toleranceMaritime exposure + and High wind +
Has fertility typeSelf sterile + and Wind +
Has flowers of typeDioecious +
Has hardiness zone8 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has material partUnknown part +
Has material useDye +
Has mature height0.5 +
Has mature width0.6 +
Has search namecoprosma acerosa + and sand coprosma +
Has shade toleranceLight shade +
Has soil ph preferenceAcid + and Neutral +
Has soil texture preferenceSandy + and Loamy +
Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
Has taxonomy nameCoprosma acerosa +
Has water requirementsmoderate +
Is deciduous or evergreenEvergreen +
Is herbaceous or woodyWoody +
Is taxonomy typeSpecies +
PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
PFAF edible use notes migratedNo +
PFAF material use notes migratedNo +
PFAF medicinal use notes migratedYes +
PFAF propagation notes migratedNo +
PFAF toxicity notes migratedYes +
Tolerates maritime exposureYes +
Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
Tolerates windYes +
Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
Has subobjectThis property is a special property in this wiki.Coprosma acerosa +, Coprosma acerosa + and Coprosma acerosa +