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Commonly known as Northern rata
EvergreenLeaves 2.5-5cm (1-2in) long, dark green above and hairless and paler beneath
HeightTo 30m (100ft)
SpreadTo 12m (39ft)
Tall ShrubOr freely branching small tree. Produces flowers 3cm (1¼in) long with crimson filaments and yellow anthers in dense, terminal cymes.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy 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)
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Additional FeaturesExotic plantsGood to knowA huge tree in its native New Zealand growing to over 100ftPests & DiseasesScale insects can be a problem under glass.Place of originNew Zealand
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable 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
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilModerately fertile. Humus-rich
to 30m (100ft)
to 12m (39ft)