Coprosma quadrifida|Prickly Currant-bush

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Erect open to dense shrub with fine spines on branches.
Size (W x H)
1-1.5m x 2-4m
Small dull green elliptic leaves with thin texture and conspicuous network of veins below, 5-15mm x 2-5mm.
Single insignificant male & female flowers at the end of short branchlets on separate plants (dioecious). Sweet edible red fruit January to March.
Flower colour
Flower time
September to December
Growing conditions
Moist well drained soils in open forest, rainforest and gullies. Frost tolerant. Partial to full shade.
Commonly used for
Prickly habitat plant for shaded gardens including ferneries. Will spread readily in ideal conditions. Fruit can be added to salads.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory