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Metrosideros 'Maori Princess' (Pohutukawa)

Southern Rata, NZ Christmas Tree, Metrosideros excelsa

The average plant height is 50 cm
The average plant height is 130 cm
The average plant height is 60 cm
The average plant height is 150 cm
The average plant height is 140 cm

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Suited to regions:Subtropical, Temperate
Plant type:Trees
Height:10.00 m
Spread:6.00 m
Flowering time:Summer
Tolerances:Coastal, Extended dry periods, Hardy, Wind
Garden uses:Avenues, Hedging, Screening
Garden styles:Backyard, Coastal, Formal, Frontyard, Japanese, Mediterranean, Native
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Metrosideros 'Maori Princess' (Pohutukawa) Details

Metrosideros excelsa ‘Maori Princess’ is a lovely and popular variety of Pohutukawa due to both its flowering and great form. Clusters of showy, bright crimson flowers cover the tree in summer, and are complemented with glossy green foliage. This NZ native evergreen grows with an upright and broadly to about 10 m tall and 6 m wide, though can easily be contained with trimming. Best results with this Southern Rata are achieved when it is planted in full sun on a well-drained site. It is tolerant of poor soils, dry periods, frost, and coastal conditions but will benefit from being protected while it is establishing. Metrosideros ‘Maori Princess’ is an excellent choice for coastal gardens, adding to a mixed planting, trimming into a hedge, using as a backdrop for smaller plants, planting for screening and shelter, using in an avenue planting, or growing as a specimen. This NZ Christmas tree is favoured by landscape designers due to its great form and prolific flowering.

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