A low, spreading coastal shrub with tangled branches, yellow-brownish leaves, red bark and edible white fruit, beloved by skinks. The berries are said to be sweet and juicy with a slight bitter aftertaste, and the best tasting of the coprosmas. Traditional rongoā plant, the roots were used with a decoction of the bark and stems of the pikiarero (Clematis forsteri) as a restorative. Tolerates drought and coastal sites. Spreads to 1m, height 0.5m.
11cm pot. Certified organic plant.
Main photo: commons.wikimedia.org
Berry photo: http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/table-1/coprosma-acerosa-sand-coprosma.html