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METROSIDEROS excelsa 'Maori Princess'
Commonly known as New Zealand Christmas tree
Conical growth habit with dark green leaves and crimson flowers
Evergreen - elliptic to oblong leaves 5-10cm (2-4in) long, semi glossy, dark green above and fensely white-felted beneath.
Red - crimson red
Height - to 4m (14ft) plus
Spread - to 4m (14ft) plus
Tall 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)
Full sun - requires shelter from cold, drying winds
Additional Features - Good to know - shrubby. Might need restrictive pruning under glass.
Pests & Diseases - scale insects
Place of origin - New Zealand (North Island)
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 - use loam-based compost (JI No. 2) in full light with shade from hot sun
Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0)
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile. Humus-rich
Neutral to acid soil
Tree Shape - Broadly conical - spreading with age
Rounded to broadly spreading
Metrosideros - Growing Guide
to 4m (14ft) plus
to 4m (14ft) 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