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Commonly known as Southern rata
EvergreenNarrowly ovate, shiny leaves to 6cm (2½in) long tapered equally at each end
Tall ShrubLoosely-branching habit. Flowers with crimson stamens to 2cm (¾in) long are produced in clusters on older plants
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouseTolerant 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)
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Additional FeaturesExotic plantsPests & DiseasesNonePlace of originNew Zealand
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 winterUse loam-based compost (JI N0. 2) in full light with shade from hot sun
HardinessTender (greenhouse & conservatory)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
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 soilHumus-richNeutral to acid soil
Buy Varieties of METROSIDEROS umbellata
leaves margined white