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Coprosma repens 'Marble Queen' - Dwarf Variegated Mirror Plant
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rubiaceae (Madders)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [Coprosma baueri cv.]
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Coprosma repens 'Marble Queen' (Dwarf Variegated Mirror Plant) - This evergreen shrub is a dwarf cultivar of Coprosma repens has attractive white and green variegated leaves. It has dense growth to 3 to 5 feet tall by 4-6 feet wide - a bit lower when exposed to coastal winds. Except near the coast, where it can take full sun, Coprosma repens does best in part sun or light shade in warmer climates where it performs best in a well-drained soil with regular to occasional irrigation but is fairly drought tolerant once established. Cold tolerant down to about 18 to 20 degrees F. A great plant to brighten up the outdoor landscape and particularly useful in coastal gardens where it tolerates wind and salt spray. In can also be used in bright areas as an interior house plant. The species, originally discovered by Daniel Solander and Joseph Banks on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand in 1769, while on James Cooks first expedition, grows on coastal rocks, cliffs, coastal forests throughout North Island and along the west coast of South Island as well as on the Kermadec and Three Kings Islands. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'kopros' meaning "dung" and 'osme' meaning "smell" in reference to the foul cabbage like smell produced by methanethiol that is given out when the leaves of some species are crushed. The specific epithet means creeping. Other common names included Taupata, Looking-glass Bush, New Zealand Laurel (shares this with a href=" plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=445 target="_blank">Corynocarpus laevigatus and Shiny Leaf. This cultivar was the winner of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 2002 and we have grown it since 1982.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Coprosma 'Marble Queen' .