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Products > Ozothamnus coralloides
Ozothamnus coralloides - Coral Shrub

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Pale Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Helichrysum coralloides]
Height: 1 foot
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Ozothamnus coralloides (Coral Shrub) - A slow growing cushion-forming evergreen shrub that can grow to 1 foot tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with thick stems of small diamond-shaped leaves. These leaves are imbricate against the stems so that only their rounded dark green backsides are visible but between each leaf shows through the white wooly hairs present on the side of the leaf pressed against the stem, giving this plant its distinctive bicolored, gray and green, coral-like appearance. The pale yellow flowers can appear in summer near the branch tips but are sunken in amongst the leaves. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. This plant comes from New Zealand's South Island where it is an uncommon sub-alpine species found in the Kaikoura Ranges southeast of the Marlborough Strait. It is also called whipcord shrub or Marlborough Helichrysum. We love the look of this plant but it is so slow that we find in impractical to continue growing and so discontinued producing in 2015.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Ozothamnus coralloides.