This is a small genus of only 3 species of evergreen shrubs that have become immensely popular in the landscaping of NZ gardens. They all produce small star-like yellow flowers followed by red, orange or yellow berries and are ideally suited to hedging due to their unusual interlacing branch habit and dainty leaves.
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Corokias are reasonably frost hardy and can tolerate wind and coastal situations. They are sun lovers and are partial to well-drained, fertile soil. They respond well to pruning as this helps to maintain both the shape of the shrub as well as the density of the leaf growth. Leaves are small and leathery in most cases.
Hybrid varieties of Corokia have provided for a wide range of personal tastes. They are available in colours ranging from silver, green, grey, bronze, chocolate, yellowy-green and red. An interesting variety is the commonly known ‘wire netting bush’ (Corokia cotoneaster) which is like a tangle of zig-zagging branches with tiny leaves at sparse intervals.
Grown for the interesting twisting branch pattern and soft green foliage set on silver grey stems. Nice compact habit making it an excellent choice for hedging and group planting. The bright yellow spring flowers are followed by yellow/orange berries. So easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.6m
Native. Chocolate without the calories! The soft melted chocolate colour of the leaves combines well with other foliage and looks fantastic as a formal hedge with a difference. Easy to grow and clips extremely well. Yellow flowers in spring followed by berries that birds love. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1m
Native. A tough, hardy shrub discovered by the late Mike Geenty in the Waikato. A top plant for hedging or background planting. Attractive olive-green leaves, small yellow flowers in spring followed by red berries that birds love. Tolerates regular trimming. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
This lovely dwarf Corokia has unusual almost black foliage with a hint of silver. Fabulous combined with other grey or silver foliage plants. Perhaps plant a group around a stunning black container. Ideal for hedging as it clips well. Tough and easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 75cm
Something just a little different. This Corokia has creamy leaves splashed with green and just a little hint of pink. Soft silver felt highlights the leaves from underneath. All this is set against black stems. Use to add contrast. Easy to grow and clips well. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m