Scientific name: Coprosma grandifolia
Maori name: Kanono
English name: Large leaved Coprosma
Other names: Raurekau
- native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, dry, shade, partial shade, shelter, coastal forest garden, wetlands and water features
About Coprosma grandifolia
Easily recognized by its very large, broad laves hence the name scientific name C grandiflora. Usually regarded as a small tree up to 6 meters tall with a slender trunk. Leaves are thick and to 20cm long, oval and pointed, with small pits at junction of veins similar to other coprosma species. If scratched with a sharp object a yellowish inner bark will be seen. C grandiflora is a common and important as a part of a forest understory. Often seen in canopy gaps, sheltered clearings and works well in a shady spot in a garden, if somewhat sheltered.
Flowers are long and dangling, perfect for windpollination. Its also differing from all of the other coprosma species by its autumnal flowering. Flowers are followed by red to orange fruit up to 10 mm which take a whole year to ripe. Fruit and seeds are eaten and dispersed by native birds and reptiles.
Provides for birds
Provides for lizards
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