Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest



One of the most common coprosma species in New Zealand, karamū (Coprosma robusta) is found as a small tree in the understorey of forests or as a fast-growing shrub in regenerating scrub. Like all coprosmas, it has opposite pairs of leaves and branches on its stem. There are separate male and female trees. The berries are eaten by birds, especially silvereyes and starlings, which spread its seed.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Coprosmas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015