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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw[1]. Sweet, but with little flavour[225, K]. The wine-red fruit is about 8 - 12mm in diameter[2][3]. The roasted seed is an excellent coffee substitute[4].

Unknown part

Fruit

Material uses

A yellow dye is obtained from the wood, it does not require a mordant[4].

Unknown part

Dye

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Coprosma atropurpurea.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

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[2]. 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.

Division of suckers[3].

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Cultivation

Requires a moist, very well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun or light shade[2]. Succeeds in most soils, so long as they are well-drained[3].

Somewhat intolerant of frost, this species is only likely to succeed outdoors in the milder areas of Britain[2]. Another report says that it is quite hardy in Britain[3]. Closely related to C. pumila, and often confused with that species[3]. It hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[2][3]. This species is often confused with C. petriei[5][6], though it is quite distinct and does not hybridise with that species[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.

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Coprosma atropurpurea. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Coprosma atropurpurea.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Coprosma atropurpurea
Genus
Coprosma
Family
Rubiaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    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.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.1 Crowe. A. Native Edible Plants of New Zealand. Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 0-340-508302 (1990-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.6 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.53.63.73.8 Knees. S. The New Plantsman. Volume 2, 1995. Royal Horticultural Society ISBN 1352-4186 (1995-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.3 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)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Allan. H. H. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington. (1961-00-00)