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Coprosma repens Pacific Night Hutpac

Looking-Glass Plant

Deep purple evergreen foliage

This plant, with its shiny purple leaves is always at talking point. An evergreen shrub, with upright growth, the leaves are deep purple, rounded and glossy making a feature through the year.


Happiest in well-drained soil, it can be grown in milder parts of the country at the front of a sunny border, sheltered from cold winter winds. However, it is best grown in a large container that can be moved under cover during hard weather.


Use a good quality loam based compost to grow in a container. Trim to shape in late spring once new growth has started.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 110 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 60 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H2

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Garden edging, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September