More Images + More Images. Based in South Australia, specialising in mainstream, rare and unusual perennial plants along with roses and ornamental trees. Traditional Pohutukawas are often too large for the average section but M. Tahiti is a true dwarf growing no more than 2 m. in 5 years. The story of a New Zealand Christmas is inextricably bound up with the annual blooming of our native pohutukawa trees – Metrosideros excelsa.Truth be told, they only occur naturally as far south as northern Taranaki where we live and Gisborne across the island, (but not in … Not to be confused with. More Images + More Images. Hedge This shrub or small tree of the Pacific Islands starts to flower around now and continues well into Summer. [15] In parts of South Africa, the pohutukawa grows so well that it is regarded as an invasive species. Price includes secure mail-order packaging, parcel tracking service and GST. There is also a cream flowering variety called 'Moon Maiden' as well as variegated leaf forms, and many dwarf cultivars. Makes a great container plant, for around pools and as a low hedge. Sourced from Awhitu Golf Course, Long-lasting flowers. Small carmine-red flowers appear in spring. More Images + More Images. Exotic medium tree that has bright orange/scarlet flowers which occur Nov-Dec It has grey/green foliage and prefers a part-full sun position in a general soil. It will produce aerial roots after a few years. Sourced from Margan Ave, Reverse-variegated foliage. Reverse-variegated form with bright gold leaves. There is variation between individual trees in the timing of flowering, and in the shade and brightness of the flowers. Metrosideros excelsa, with common names pohutukawa ( Māori: pōhutukawa ), New Zealand Christmas tree, New Zealand Christmas bush, and iron tree, is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red (or occasionally orange, yellow or white) flowers made up of a mass of stamens. Open branched, upright tree. not good close to a pool as the fine hairs of the flowers clog up the pool filter. Sourced from, Bright flowers and sprawling form. More Images + More Images. Dwarf weeping form of Metrosideros excelsa. ex Gaertn is an evergreen, wide-spreading tree, branches close to the ground, 5-6 m high but stunted to 1,5 m in windy areas. Metrosideros carminea 'Ferris Wheel' – A small shrub with Grows approx. Metrosideros excelsa, "Pohutakawa" Metrosideros excelsa syn tomentosus Pohutakawa or New Zealand Christmas Tree. Metrosideros thomasii NZ Christmas bush. Consistently flowering around Christmas time. Will stand most soils but prefers moist, well-drained conditions. Ideal as a groundcover or in a pot. Description: Impressive silvery-green foliage shrub bursting with red flower colour in Winter through to Spring. November Fruit, capsule, white or grey-velvety. Leaves bright green and smooth, coppery-red tips turning dark green and white-grey beneath. }. Little Dugald (Metrosideros collina) Little Dugald is a great plant for a low to medium sized hedge, growing between 1-2m high x 1m wide. Pōhutukawa is a Māori word. Dwarf Magnolia. Metrosideros Firebirds INFO NOTE Key Benefits ‘Crimson Glory' is an excellent shrub for exposed positions. Metrosideros excelsa, with common names pohutukawa (Māori: pōhutukawa),[2] New Zealand Christmas tree,[3] New Zealand Christmas bush,[4] and iron tree,[5] is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red (or occasionally orange, yellow[6] or white[7]) flowers made up of a mass of stamens. … A great hedge choice, dense from tip to the ground. In isolated populations genetic drift has resulted in local variation: many of the trees growing around the Rotorua lakes produce pink-shaded flowers, and the yellow-flowered cultivar 'Aurea' descends from a pair discovered in 1940 on Mōtiti Island in the Bay of Plenty. flowers and form. Small upright tree with compact flower heads. With dark green leathery leave and a dense habit it makes a great alternative for a smaller hedge. Its closest equivalent in other Polynesian languages is the Cook Island Māori word po'utukava, referring to a coastal shrub with white berries, Sophora tomentosa. Metrosideros excelsa. Shrubbery, January The branches are strongly weeping. Other Species: M.thomasii amongst many others. Suitable for containers & patios. Flowers have exceptionally long stamens. Sourced from Waiomu Bay, This page was last edited on 9 December 2020, at 10:02. Sourced from Brooks Bay, near Awhitu Regional Park, Well-balanced flower heads that also bloom inside the canopy of the tree. Because these plants bloom at Christmas time in their homeland of New Zealand, they were named Christmas tree by the Maori who also use the plants in their folk medicine. Beautiful orange-red pin-cushion flowers appear from Winter through to Spring. Flashes of red and gold flowers paint the skyline on the large established tree forms of Metrosideros excelsa in the warmest part of the country. Good as a potted specimen. Variegated with gold leaf margins. USES: Salt and wind tolerant for sea side planting, bird attracting and makes a great low hedge or on its own as a specimen plant. By the 1990s, pastoral farming and introduced pests had reduced pohutukawa forests by over 90%. Most of the tree forms are small, but some are exceptionally large, the New Zealand species in particular. Sourced from Brougham Street, Reverse-variegated cultivar from Australia, but slightly unstable (can revert to non-variegated status). DESCRIPTION:Easy care compact shrub suited to coastal planting, rockeries and containers.Red tufty nectar-rich flowers; red new leaf growth. A hardy, stout trunked shrub or small tree with ovate, grey/green, leathery leaves and spectacular crimson-stamened pincushion or pom-pom type flowers. [8] The blossom of the tree is called kahika.[3]. It is an extremely versatile shrub that can withstand a light frost, wind and salt tolerant (making it ideal for exposed coastal situations), can be grown in full sun or part shade and is drought tolerant once established. Small, compact growth. Pohutukawa. Metrosideros excelsa Sol. return (true); Leaves are grey-green in colour and velvety to touch. Metrosideros excelsa Christmas Tree: Chaenorrhinum Dwarf Snapdragon: Hebe speciosa: Campanula lusitanica: Dais cotinifolia Posy Bush: Globularia Globe Daisy: Veronica fruticulosa Speedwell: Epilobium crassum Willow Herb: Erigeron flettii Flett's Fleabane: Limonium cosyrense Malta Sea Lavender: Malcolmia maritima Virginian Stock: Myrica gale TheImage = document.getElementById(TheImageId); The generic name Metrosideros derives from the Ancient Greek metra or "heartwood" and sideron or "iron". Compact, low-growing selection. Sometimes available as a standard. The New Zealand Christmas Bush will eventually grow to around 10m in good growing conditions. Sourced from. A smaller growing form of the popular Metrosideros, great for use where space is limited. A hardy, stout trunked shrub or small tree with ovate, grey/green, leathery leaves and spectacular crimson-stamened pincushion or pom-pom type flowers. New Zealand Christmas Bush. Comments: It will produce aerial roots after a few years. Metrosideros, iron tree, New Zealand Christmas tree—Metrosideros spp. Flowers in large clusters. The species name excelsa is derived from the Latin word meaning “raised” or “exalted”. Compare Print Download Email Share Tweet. are attractive, evergreen trees or shrubs. Metrosideros grow well in areas of full sun to part shade in a humus rich well drained soil, they are reasonably drought tolerant once established Species and varieties In actual fact a number of species are known as the Christmas bush, Metrosideros are a varied group of plants ranging from large trees such as Metrosideros excelsa which can reach 25m and the smaller growing May It's flowers are red and bottlebrush like in apperance borne in Summer. 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