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Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush

Coprosma 'Beatson's Gold'

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Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush (Coprosma 'Beatson's Gold') at Roger's Gardens

Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush foliage

Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush foliage

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Looking Glass Plant

Description:

This stunning variety features attractive green and gold foliage on an upright, airy shrub; leaves more gold in winter; perfect for shaping into topiaries or hedges; excellent contrast for darker colored garden plantings or features

Ornamental Features

Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush has attractive gold-variegated dark green foliage with hints of creamy white. The small glossy round leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth khaki (brownish-green) bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Beatson's Gold Mirror Bush makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features