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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 - to 30m (98ft)
  • Spread - to 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
  • 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 - Racemes - - 10cm (4in) long
  • Tubular - 2.5-4cm (1-1½in) long
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • 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 - Spring -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape - Narrowly columnar -
to 30m (98ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  to 10m (33ft)

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