Coprosma 'Cappuccino'

Coprosma repens ‘Cappuccino’

New zealand laurel

  • Botanical name: Coprosma repens 'Cappuccino'
  • Common name: New zealand laurel
  • Family: Rubiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Shrub, Evergreen
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Coprosma repens literally means ‘creeping dung-smell’, owing to the unique fragrance of its leaves and creeping growth habit. Native to New Zealand, it’s a low-growing shrub or small tree, with attractive shiny dark green leaves and orange fruit. It’s a popular garden plant here in the UK, especially in coastal areas, due to its ability to withstand salt spray. Although it can grow to an eventual height of 5m, it’s more often grown as a small shrub, owing to its need for protection in winter. It thrives in well-drained sandy soils.


Coprosma repens ‘Cappuccino’ has bronze-brown leaves which become a wonderful light coffee colour in winter. The leaves are thinner than other cultivars. It’s a fantastic choice for a container display, slowly growing into a rounded mound.


Grow Coprosma repens ‘Cappuccino’ in a sheltered spot in moist but well-drained soil. It’s not fully hardy, so provide frost protection or move the container indoors over winter. It doesn’t require much pruning, usually only if the plant has grown too big and needs to be reduced in size.

How to grow Coprosma 'Cappuccino'

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in December

Coprosma 'Cappuccino' and wildlife

Coprosma 'Cappuccino' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Coprosma 'Cappuccino' poisonous?

Coprosma 'Cappuccino' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People