Coprosma virescens is found naturally from the Kaimanawa Range southward in lowland forest and forest margins. This is probably the most attractive of the divaricating coprosmas and grows to 2-3m. It gives an overall golden coppery glow from its extremely tangled branches, on which the very small leaves are quite insignificant. An excellent garden plant suitable for growing as specimens, in groups or as hedging. Very tough and tolerant of poor soil and dry conditions.