METROSIDEROS robusta

Commonly known as Northern rata

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
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Leaves 2.5-5cm (1-2in) long, dark green above and hairless and paler beneath
  • Red
    Coppery red
  • Height
    To 30m (100ft)
  • Spread
    To 12m (39ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Or freely branching small tree. Produces flowers 3cm (1¼in) long with crimson filaments and yellow anthers in dense, terminal cymes.
  • 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

METROSIDEROS robusta

 
Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
£16.50 each 
MULTIBUY SAVING

Any 3+ for £14.00 each
Delivery Information Available Early Spring 2022
plant size comparison icon 1 to 1.5 Litre
  • Additional Features
    Exotic plants
    Good to know
    A huge tree in its native New Zealand growing to over 100ft
    Pests & Diseases
    Scale insects can be a problem under glass.
    Place of origin
    New Zealand
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Ovate
    (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
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Moderately fertile. Humus-rich
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Metrosideros - Growing Guide
to 30m (100ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  to 12m (39ft)
 

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