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Commonly known as New Zealand Christmas tree
EvergreenElliptic to oblong leaves 5-10cm (2-4in) long, semi glossy, dark green above and fensely white-felted beneath.
HeightTo 4m (14ft) plus
SpreadTo 4m (14ft) plus
Tall ShrubProduces broad, compact, many-flowered, terminal cymes of flowers 3-4cm (1¼-1½in) long
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)
Full sunRequires shelter from cold, drying winds
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowShrubby. Might need restrictive pruning under glass.Pests & DiseasesScale insectsPlace of originNew Zealand (North Island)
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 No. 2) in full light with shade from hot sun
HardinessHalf hardy (down to 0)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)Oblong (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 soilModerately fertile. Humus-richNeutral to acid soil
Tree ShapeBroadly conicalSpreading with ageRounded to broadly spreading
to 4m (14ft) plus
to 4m (14ft) plus
Buy Varieties of METROSIDEROS
bright orange-red flowers and large green leaves
dwarf habit, rounded leaves and clusters of orange red flowers
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
one of the hardiest species which will thrive outside in Cornwall. Coppery young leaves and bright crimson flowers
leaves margined white