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Question: The Evening Glow Mirror Plant is gorgious and I'd like to keep it that way. I remember from somewhere that one had to watch for non-variegated shoots and branches from taking over a plant which was, I assume, grafted into a variegated plant. Anyway, my question is, do I have to worry about the foliage becoming merely green over time or does it start green and turn

Answer: Coprosma 'Evening Glow' is a very colorful evergreen upright growing shrub to 4 to 5 feet tall with striking variegated foliage. The small ovate leaves are green with irregular yellow blotches that turn bright orange-red in late summer and fall and remain this way until new growth commences in the spring. Flowers are inconspicuous. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade inland in moderately well drained soil. Irrigate occasionally to regularly. Hardy to 20-25 F. Naturally takes a pyramidal form but tolerates pruning to shape (best in fall or spring). 'Evening Glow' is not grafted, but grown on its own root stock. You shouldn't find any non-variegated leaves, and you can expect that the foliage will change colors as it ages. Your plant will be happy in a 5-gallon pot for at least a year. When it starts sending roots out of the drainage holes, it will be time to plant it in the ground or repot it into the next size container.


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