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Commonly known as Southern rata
EvergreenNarrowly ovate, shiny leaves to 6cm (2½in) long tapered equally at each end
Tall ShrubLoosely-branching habit. Flowers with crimson stamens to 2cm (¾in) long are produced in clusters on older plants
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
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Additional FeaturesExotic plantsPests & DiseasesNonePlace 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 winter
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
(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 soilHumus-richNeutral to acid soil
Buy Varieties of METROSIDEROS umbellata
leaves margined white