Native plants


Mingimingi with the blue fruit.

Scientific name: Coprosma propinqua
Other names: Swamp coprosma

Pioneer Shrub - native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, dry, partial shade, sunny, shelter, exposure, coastal forest garden, coastal and dune garden, small garden or balcony, wetlands and water features

About Mingimingi

A great small leaved divaricating bushy shrub for open exposed seaside propertys and coastal forest gardens with dense wide-angled branches superb to use as hedge hidout for insects and lizards. Can grow between 1 up to 4 metre tall, but can easily be controlled if needed. Otherwise does usually does need much control due to its dense growth habit. The small leaves are glossy and dark green on grey or orange bark.Flowering occurs between February and March with separate male and female plants. Pollination occur by wind. The stunningly beautiful fruit in autumn is a drupe, in a pale coloration when unripe, turning dark blue or blue-flecked when ripe and is eaten and  dispersed by many species of native birds as well as insects and reptiles.

Csn be found from dry montane slopes and banks down lowland swamps a d beaches. In saltmarsh habitats it is often found with Saltmarsh ribbonwood Plagianthus divaricatus and coastal tree daisy Olearia solandri while in fresh water swamps it grows with Manuka, Coprosma areolata, Coprosma rotundifolia, Coprosma rhamnoides and swamp flax Phormium tenax.

Very tolerant to wide range of conditions.

Provides for birds

  Nectar Fruit Seeds
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Provides for lizards

  • Complexity and height
  • Fruit

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