A genus of handsomely-leaved evergreen shrubs which should be in every collection. They grow freely in any situation (even in the smoky city garden), their glossy holly-green leaves refusing to carry any dust. They contrast well with our rough-leaved shrubs.
The genus comprises over thirty species, mostly natives of New Zealand and other Pacific Islands. Coprosma Baueriana and its varieties are the best for cultivation on the Pacific Coast. Coprosma picturata and Coprosma variegata, being variegated forms of Coprosma Baueriana, are very attractive.
This shrub is not so easily propagated as most of our other free-flowering shrubs, and should be given extra care in being shaded from hot sun. In making the cuttings, slit the lower end to the depth of three-quarters of an inch; insert them in soil composed of two-thirds clear sand and one-third'well-decomposed leaf-mold in a cold frame in September. Do not overwater them. As soon as rooted, they should be potted off in thumb pots, put back into the cutting frame and kept close and shaded until they take fresh roots. Propagation may also be effected by seeds sown one-eighth of an inch deep in light sandy soil in Spring.