Ozothamnus coralloides

Ozothamnus coralloides

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.

Cultivation Notes

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.

Propagation Notes

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.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Ozothamnus

Species: coralloides

Commonly known as: Coral Shrub, whipcord shrub, Marlborough Helichrysum

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
Zn7b - down to 5F

Resistant to Deer.

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