Sand coprosma Coprosma acerosa

Key Features

  • Sand coprosma is a sprawling, yellowish, small-leaved shrub inhabiting coastal areas.
  • The branchlets are orange or orange-yellow and often sparsely hairy when young.
  • The leaves are narrow and small, in clusters of several leaves scattered along the branchlets.
  • Flowers are small with male and female flowers on separate plants.
  • The fruit is white.

Distribution and Habitat

  • Coastal areas of North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands, often on the landward side of sand dunes.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Competition from marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) and other weeds.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protect habitat.
  • Collect seed, propagate, and reintroduce to appropriate sites.
  • 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.

Further Information and Support

  • Weed control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.


  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • 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.