One of the prettiest South Florida shrubs is copper plant - or "copperleaf" - with its striking, brightly-colored leaves. Copperleaf plants like part sun to part shade. These shrubs do flower but with narrow, dangling, fuzzy blooms (called "catkins") similar in color to the foliage so the blossoms are all but invisible. These plants are tropical by nature and do best in Zone 10. They're not strong, robust shrubs, so plant in an area sheltered from wind. Evergreen (though they can thin in winter) and moderately salt-tolerant, they're fast growers you can keep 3 to 5 feet.

Keep a regular watering schedule for these shrubs. If they stay too dry for too long they won't look their best and the resulting stress can invite pests.  Plant 3 feet apart. Come out from the house 2-1/2 to 3 feet. If you're planting along a driveway or walk, come in about 3 or 4 feet. Copperleaf plants will work fine in a container.

 

 

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