Ozothamnus coralloides is a slow growing cushion-forming evergreen shrub that can grow to 1 foot tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with thick stems of small diamond-shaped leaves.The common name ‘Coral Shrub’ comes from its general appearance which is caused by imbricate leaves against the stems. Only their rounded dark green backsides are visible but between each leaf you can see the white woolly hairs present on the side of the leaf pressed against the stem. This gives the plant a bicolored, gray and green, coral-like appearance. Pale-yellow flowers rarely appear in summer near the branch tips but are sunken in amongst the leaves.
Pronunciation: oh-zo-THAM-nus kor-al-OY-dees
Species Meaning: Appears to be coral
Ozothamnus coralloides is native to New Zealand.
Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. This plant comes from New Zealand’s South Island where it is an uncommon sub-alpine species found in the Kaikoura Ranges southeast of the Marlborough Strait.
Needs a sheltered scree, dry wall, trough or alpine house to survive for long. Protect from excessive winter wet.
Heel or semi-ripe cuttings in summer
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21026
Found in Gondwana,
By the retaining wall up the steps in Gondwana.
We acquired this plant from UCSC - Norries.