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METROSIDEROS

Commonly known as Southern rata

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

Genus of 50 species of dwarf to tall. upright, evergreen shrubs, trees and climbers found in rainforests, dry river valleys and subalpine areas.

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Leaves have thin, orange-red edges
  • Red
  • Height
    2-3m (6½-10ft)
  • Spread
    2-3m (6½-10ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • 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)
    When established
  • Will grow outside in milder locations
    This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
  • Full sun
    Very sheltered
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Under glass - scale insects
    Place of origin
    New Zealand
  • 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
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
    Gold
  • 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
Metrosideros - Growing Guide
2-3m (6½-10ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2-3m (6½-10ft)
 

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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METROSIDEROS kermadecensis 'Twisty'

METROSIDEROS kermadecensis 'Twisty'

Pohutakawa

distinctive leaves which are brightly variegated cream-yellow in the centre and bright deep green outside. Young stems are a bright red and the leaves have a twist which shows off the variegation

 
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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

 
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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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METROSIDEROS umbellata 'Moonlight'

METROSIDEROS umbellata 'Moonlight'

Southern rata

leaves margined white

 
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