Looking-glass plant [Pacific Night] Coprosma repens Pacific Night = 'Hutpac' (PBR) (m)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
looking-glass plant [Pacific Night]


[Pacific Night] is a frost-tender, dense, evergreen shrub to 1.5m tall. Grown for its glossy, deep purple-red narrow, rounded foliage

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Pacific Night, Mirror Plant, Looking-glass Plant, Taupata, Tree Bedstraw, New Zealand Laurel, Shiny Coprosma.

    • Common names

      Coprosma repens Pacific Night = 'Hutpac' (PBR) (m).

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      5 feet [1.5 meters]

    • Spread

      4 feet [1.2 meters]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Zealand


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Foliage: The plant has glossy, deep purple-black leaves that provide year-round visual interest.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has good resistance to drought, making it suitable for water-wise gardens.
    • Coastal Tolerance: It is able to withstand coastal conditions like salt spray and sandy soils.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care after establishment, making it ideal for low-maintenance landscaping.
    • Compact Size: With its moderate growth habit, this plant suits smaller gardens or spaces where a compact shrub is desired.
    • Easy to Propagate: Can be propagated relatively easily from cuttings, making it accessible for home gardeners to increase their stock.
    • Versatility: It can be used in a variety of landscaping applications, such as hedges, container planting, or as a focal point.
    • Evergreen: Being an evergreen shrub, it provides year-round greenery and structure in a garden.
    • Wildlife Support: Attracts birds that feed on the small berries produced by the plant.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Mirror shrub can be used as a privacy screen due to its dense foliage, providing a natural barrier between properties or garden areas.
    • Its reflective leaves can be strategically planted to add light to darker garden corners, enhancing garden aesthetics by increasing perceived light.
    • The sturdy branches of the Mirror shrub can be utilized in creating natural supports or frames for other climbing plants in the garden.
    • With its striking dark foliage, Mirror shrub can be used as a contrast plant in floral arrangements to make brighter flowers stand out.
    • The dense growth habit of the Mirror shrub can serve as a windbreak in coastal gardens, protecting more delicate plants.
    • When planted in large containers, Mirror shrub can be used to add structure and formality to balcony or patio gardens.
    • Its resistance to salt spray makes the Mirror shrub a good candidate for bonsai, especially for those living in coastal areas.
    • The wood from pruned branches can be repurposed for small woodworking projects or as material for smoking food to impart a unique flavor.
    • In outdoor learning environments, the Mirror shrub can be used to teach about plant adaptation due to its glossy leaves, which reduce water loss.
    • The shiny leaves can be used in crafts or as natural decorations, especially during festive seasons for a touch of greenery.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Mirror plant is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Mirror plant is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Coprosma repens, also known as Mirror Plant, has a hardy nature which often symbolizes one's ability to endure and bounce back from the challenges of life.
    • Growth: The evergreen characteristic of the Mirror Plant symbolizes continuous growth and lifelong development.
    • Adaptation: As a plant that can thrive in various conditions, the Mirror Plant represents the ability to adapt to different environments and situations.
    • Reflection: The glossy leaves of the Mirror Plant can symbolize self-reflection, encouraging one to look within and seek personal truth.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Mirror bush should be watered thoroughly, allowing water to reach deep into the soil to encourage deep root growth. Watering should be done when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which will vary depending on environmental conditions but is typically once a week. During the growing season in spring and summer, you may need to water more frequently, especially if the weather is particularly hot or windy. Reduce watering in the fall and further in winter when plant growth slows down. For a mature plant, use about 1/2 to 1 gallon of water per watering session to ensure adequate soil moisture.

  • sunLight

    The mirror bush thrives best in full sun to partial shade. It needs at least four to six hours of direct sunlight daily, but can also benefit from some dappled afternoon shade in hot climates. The ideal spot for this plant is one where it can enjoy bright morning light and some protection from the intense midday sun, to prevent scorching of the leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The mirror bush prefers a mild to warm climate and is best situated in areas where temperatures range between 50°F and 75°F. It can tolerate a brief drop to just above freezing but sustained temperatures below 32°F can be detrimental to the plant. Ideally, it should not be exposed to temperatures above 90°F for extended periods, as extreme heat can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning mirror bush is essential for maintaining its dense, compact shape and encouraging vibrant foliage. Prune in the late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Remove any dead or damaged branches, and shape the plant as desired. Light pruning can be done throughout the growing season to keep the plant tidy, but avoid heavy pruning in late fall as this can leave the plant vulnerable to cold damage.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Mirror plant (Coprosma repens) thrives in well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of about 5.5 to 7.0. A mix of peat, pine bark, and perlite or sand works well to ensure adequate drainage and aeration. Regularly check soil moisture to maintain slight dampness without waterlogging.

  • plantRepotting

    Mirror plants like Coprosma repens should be repotted every two to three years to ensure they have enough room to grow and refresh the potting mix. Repot in spring before the growing season starts for optimal results.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Mirror plants prefer moderate to high humidity levels. An ideal range is between 50-75% for healthy growth. In drier environments, increase humidity around the plant by misting or using a humidity tray.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and away from drafts.

    • Outdoor

      In partial sun to light shade, sheltered from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Coprosma repens 'Pacific Night', commonly known as Mirror Plant or Looking-glass Bush, begins its life cycle as a seed, germinating in warm, moist soil conditions. After sprouting, it enters a juvenile vegetative phase, developing a sturdy root system and glossy, dark purple-black foliage. As the plant matures, it enters an adult vegetative stage, characterized by vigorous growth and dense, bushy appearance, which makes it popular for ornamental use. Flowering is generally inconspicuous in this species, with small, white or greenish flowers appearing that are often overshadowed by the vibrant foliage. If pollination occurs, it can produce non-showy, fleshy fruits that contain seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. The plant can live for several years, with some individuals becoming woody shrubs that can withstand a range of environmental conditions, including coastal exposure and drought.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Coprosma repens 'Pacific Night', commonly referred to as Mirror Plant or Taupata, is through semi-hardwood cuttings. This technique is typically done in the summer when the plant's growth is more robust. To propagate, you would cut a semi-hardwood stem that is about 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters) long. It's important to make the cut right below a leaf node, as this is where the rooting hormone can be applied to encourage root growth. The leaves on the lower half of the cutting should be removed, and then the stem should be inserted into a well-draining soil mix. The cuttings then need to be kept in a moist environment with plenty of indirect light until they root, which may take several weeks.