Coprosma x 'Cappuccino'

Coprosma 'Cappuccino' with Mariana sedifolia

So you hoped I was done with Coprosmas...sorry.

Coprosma x 'Cappuccino' is upright and conical in  habit to 5 feet (1.5 m).  It is said to be hardy to around  20F, which here occurs only in the freezer portion of our refrigerator.  Tiny, bronzy-brown foliage that darkens to chocolate brown in the winter.  A much finer texture than the more commonly available Coprosmas--like a variation on  Leptospermum scoparium. 

What is particularly heartening about this plant is seeing Internet photographs of it from its native New Zealand, with its naturally elegant conical shape unnaturally clipped into cubes and rectangles.  Hey!  It's not just Americans--New Zealand gardeners do stupid things to their plants, too!

Coprosma 'Cappuccino' with Mariana sedifolia

My first thought was that it would look great with succulents like Sedum nussbaumerianum 'Coppertone',   Sedeveria 'Vera Higgins',  Echeveria 'Black Prince', or Senecio mandraliscae, but it is a Coprosma, so near zero water probably ain't going to do it.   Probably in the ground, with pots of succulents grouped around?  Maybe.  Carex 'Toffee Twist'  and  Calocephalus brownii  nearby?   It looks rather spiffy with the Mariana sedifolia.  

As long as it hasn't been clipped into a cube...


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