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Common Name: Mingimingi
Coprosma propinqua is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 6.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
]. Gravelly places throughout New Zealand[
Requires a moist, very well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun or light shade[
]. An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils[
Somewhat intolerant of frost, this species is only likely to succeed outdoors in the milder areas of Britain[
]. Another report says that it is fully hardy in Britain[
]. It flowers freely in Britain, fruiting heavily if pollinated[
A polymorphic species, it hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
Plants are tolerant of heavy clipping or pruning[
Plants are normally dioecious, though in some species the plants produce a few flowers of the opposite sex before the main flowering and a few hermaphrodite flowers are sometimes produced[
]. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Sweet, but with little flavour[
]. The pale to deep violet-blue fruit is about 8mm wide[
The roasted seed is an excellent coffee substitute[
Tolerant of pruning, it makes a good dense hedging plant[
A yellow dye is obtained from the wood, it does not require a mordant[
Seed - probably best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse or cold frame[
]. Sow stored seed in spring in a cold frame[
]. Germination can be slow, often taking more than 12 months even when fresh seed is used[
]. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots. Grow on the plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Give the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame.