Rough Coprosma, Coffee Berry, Coffee-berry, Currant Bush.
Coprosma, from Greek kopros, excrement, and osme, smell, referring to fetid leaf smell on most species. Hirtella, from Latin hirtus, shaggy, referring to rough leaf surface.
Up to 2m.
Presence in Australia
Not widespread. Noted in the areas Upper Gilmore; Upper Adelong & Upper Yaven and Bringenbrong-Khancoban.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
Damp sites at higher altitudes. Usually on hillsides in woodland, or scrub on granite or basalt.
Erect slender shrub to about 2m high with rigid branches.
Moist, well-drained sheltered site. Tolerates frost.
Fast-growing. Fire retarder.
Greenish, summer. Small and inconspicuous.
Harvest fruit when reddish-orange by hand, or knock fruit onto ground sheets.
From fresh seed or stem cuttings, which strike readily. Remove flesh from fruit and sow seed soon after collection. Do not allow seed to dry. Seedlings usually appear in flush of germination.
Good habitat. Fruit eaten by various mammals and birds. Prickly foliage good refuge for small birds.
Useful ornamental with colourful fruit. Easily grown in protected garden position in partial or dappled sun. Requires extra water during dry periods.
Showy edible fruit are sweet but leave an unpleasant aftertaste.