• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Corokia × virgata

hybrid wire-netting bush

  • Other common names hybrid wire-netting bush

  • Family Argophyllaceae

  • Genus Corokia are evergreen shrubs with leathery leaves and small, bright yellow, star-shaped flowers followed by red,yellow or orange berries

  • Details C. x virgata is a shrub up to 2m high (maybe up to 5m in mild sheltered areas) with silvery, wiry twisted stems, green leaves with silvery-white undersides, and starry yellow five-petalled flowers in late spring or early summer, followed by small, bright orange fruits

  • Plant range New Zealand


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade in a sheltered position, such as next to a south-facing wall; in mild areas it may be grown as a free-standing shrub or as a hedge

Propagation Propagate by basal semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Architectural Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal Mediterranean Climate Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8 (early-flowering evergreen shrubs) - usually no pruning required

Pests Generally pest-free

Diseases Generally disease-free

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