Coprosma obconica

Key Features

  • Bushy shrub or small tree up to 4 m tall, with greyish bark and young branchlets hairy when young.
  • Small, thick, glossy leaves occur in clusters and have downturned, reddish margins and undersides that are distinctly paler than the upper surface.
  • The small, yellowish-white fruit are roughly pear-shaped.

Distribution and Habitat

  • North and South Islands, but localised to the Taihape area in the North Island, and scattered from Nelson to Otago in the South Island.
  • Coprosma obconica occurs in open forest and shrubland, often on riversides and terraces.


  • Habitat modification and loss.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat – riparian setbacks to protect existing stands.
  • Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.

Further Information and Support

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • Weed and pest control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
  • References:
    • Poole & Adams (1994). Trees and shrubs of New Zealand. Maanaki Whenua Press, Lincoln.
    • Wilson & Galloway (1993). Small-leaved shrubs of New Zealand. Manuka Press, Christchurch.