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METROSIDEROS excelsa 'Parnell'
Commonly known as New Zealand Christmas tree
Bright orange-red flowers and large green leaves
Evergreen - elliptic to oblong leaves, 5-10cm (2-4in) long, semi-glossy, white-felted beneath.
Red - orange red
Height - 2m (6½ft) plus
Spread - 2m (6½ft) plus
Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - freely branching shrub. Produces broad, compact, many-flowered, terminal cymes of flowers 3-4cm (1¼-1½in) long.
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
Additional Features - Exotic plants
Good to know - shrubby under protection in UK. Might require restrictive pruning under glass.
Pests & Diseases - scale insects under glass.
Place of origin - a selection from a cultivated variety from Parnell Rose Garden, Auckland, New Zealand
Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not 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
Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0)
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich.
Neutral to acid soil
Tree Shape - Broadly conical - spreading with age
Rounded to broadly spreading
Metrosideros - Growing Guide
2m (6½ft) plus
2m (6½ft) plus
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
SB Plant Invigorator
This is a non-biological non-chemical plant insecticide and mildewcide. Works against the physical motion of the insect. Perfect for all plants and edible crops.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5
Max/Min Digital Thermometer
Thermometer which displays current temperature in the centre, with Max above and min below. Suitable for use outdoors or in the greenhouse / conservatory. With batteries included