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Commonly known as Common pohutakawa, New Zealand Christmas tree, Rata
EvergreenElliptic to oblong leaves, 5-10cm (2-4in) long, semi-glossy, white-felted beneath.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightProduces flowers 3-4cm (1¼-1½in) long in broad terminal clusters.
Full sunShelter from strong, drying winds.
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesScale insects under glass.Place of originNew Zealand (North Island)
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus- rich.Neutral to acid soil
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading
Buy Varieties of METROSIDEROS
bright orange-red flowers and large green leaves
dwarf habit, rounded leaves and clusters of orange red flowers
the hardiest of all the metrosideros which grew at Caerhays for many years. Coppery-scarlet flowers. Much more tender when young as those who have pinched seedlings from Tresco discover to their cost
one of the hardiest species which will thrive outside in Cornwall. Coppery young leaves and bright crimson flowers
leaves margined white