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METROSIDEROS

Commonly known as New Zealand Christmas tree

These plants produce exquisite bottle-brush like flowers but they are frost tender and suitable for outdoor growing only in the Scilly Isles or West Cornwall. They do however make excellent conservatory plants but be prepared for aerial roots

 

Further Reading....
  • 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)
  • Flower Shape
    Trumpet
  • 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)
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Oblong
    (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
    Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly conical
    Spreading with age
    Rounded to broadly spreading
Metrosideros - Growing Guide
to 4m (14ft) plus
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  to 4m (14ft) plus
 

Buy Varieties of METROSIDEROS

METROSIDEROS excelsa 'Parnell'

METROSIDEROS excelsa 'Parnell'

New Zealand Christmas tree

bright orange-red flowers and large green leaves

 
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METROSIDEROS kermadecensis 'Tahiti'

METROSIDEROS kermadecensis 'Tahiti'

Pohutakawa

dwarf habit, rounded leaves and clusters of orange red flowers

 
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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.
METROSIDEROS robusta

METROSIDEROS robusta

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

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ for £14.00 each
£16.50 each 
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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.
METROSIDEROS umbellata

METROSIDEROS umbellata

Southern rata

one of the hardiest species which will thrive outside in Cornwall. Coppery young leaves and bright crimson flowers

 
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