KNIGHTIA excelsa

Commonly known as New Zealand honeysuckle, Rewa rewa

A New Zealand native tree with long glossy green leathery leaves. Deep red callistemon-like flowers
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Leathery leaves. Adult leaves are narrowly oblong 10-15cm (4-6in) long, blunt-toothed and stiff.
  • Red
    Deep red
  • Height
    30m (98ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tree
    Tall, usually columnar tree with many short, lateral branches. Flowers are covered with short, velvety, red-brown hairs and are followed by narrow seed pods.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
    Shelter from cold winds
  • Partial shade

KNIGHTIA excelsa

Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
£25.00 each 
Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2022
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Flowers are rich in nectar and attract insects
    Pests & Diseases
    Red spider mites if in greenhouse
    Place of origin
    New Zealand
  • Flower Shape
    10cm (4in) long
    2.5-4cm (1-1½in) long
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape
    Narrowly columnar
30m (98ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)

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