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Commonly known as Southern rata
EvergreenNarrowly ovate, shiny leaves to 6cm (2½in) long tapered equally at each end
Dwarf shrubTypically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy 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 locationsThis 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 sunVery sheltered
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesUnder glass - scale insectsPlace 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 No. 2) in full light with shade from hot sun
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Leaf Colour (if not green)Silver variegated
(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 soilModerately fertile. Humus-richNeutral to acid soil
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