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Metrosideros Maungapiko
Cross between Southern rata and pohutukawa. Flowers are bright crimson and appear later than M. excelsa. All plants are cutting grown and flower immediately. More tolerant of frosts than the other pohutukawas.
Height 10m x Width 3m
Full sun - symbol key

Metrosideros Moonlight PVR
This Metrosideros umbellata selection has cream and green leaves and bright red flowers from a young age. PVR applied for.

Full sun Frost tolerant Normal soil moisture conditions - symbol key

Metrosideros Wee Willie Winkie
Protected from comercial propagation by Plant Variety Rights. Found during a comfort stop in the Waioeke Gorge as a variation on the green rata. Small rich cream and green leaves and very compact habit. Will climb up a wall, ponga or bank if placed against it but otherwise acts as a shrub. White flowers but not a feature. Does excellently in pots. Frost tender.
Height 60cm or climber x Width 80cm
Full sun Filtered sun Prefers warmth and frost free Normal soil moisture conditions - symbol key

Metrosideros albiflora
Akatea
A woody climber with large white flowers. Found mainly in the northern kauri forests. Spring flowering.

Filtered sun Frost tolerant Dry & free draining soil Normal soil moisture conditions - symbol key

Metrosideros carminea
Crimson Rata
This rata has small rounded leaves when young, changing to a larger more pointed form when flowering stage is reached. Climbs by clinging and so can be grown up anything where there is a roughened surface to cling to. Crimson flowers smother the plant for a short but spectacular show in spring. Young foliage is frost sensitive. When Crimson rata is cutting grown from mature plants the resulting plant forms a shrub rather than a climber. Can be grown on the coast.

Full sun Filtered sun Prefers warmth and frost free Dry & free draining soil Normal soil moisture conditions Tolerates coastal exposure - symbol key

Metrosideros carminea Red Carpet
Selection which flowers very freely. Does not climb but forms a low shrub. A wonderful sight in October. Excellent tub plant and tolerates dryness.
Height 50cm x Width 1m
Full sun Filtered sun Prefers warmth and frost free Dry & free draining soil Normal soil moisture conditions Tolerates coastal exposure - symbol key

Metrosideros excelsa
Pohutukawa
One of our most familiar native trees with its spreading form and brilliant show of red flowers around Christmas time. Withstands rigorous coastal conditions and dry soils. Can be slipped, making it a useful tree for coastal shelter. Small plants need frost protection.
Height 15m x Width 10m
Full sun Frost tolerant Dry & free draining soil Normal soil moisture conditions Wind tolerent - non coastal Tolerates coastal exposure - symbol key

Metrosideros excelsa Scarlet Pimpernel
A smaller growing pohutukawa with magenta red flowers and prolific flowering habit. Good for container growing.
Height 4m plus
Full sun Frost tolerant Dry & free draining soil Normal soil moisture conditions Wind tolerent - non coastal Tolerates coastal exposure - symbol key

Metrosideros excelsa Vibrance
An outstanding selection which flowers from a very young age. Flowers a clear vibrant red.
Height 4m x Width 2.5m
Full sun Frost tolerant Dry & free draining soil Normal soil moisture conditions Wind tolerent - non coastal Tolerates coastal exposure - symbol key

Metrosideros perforata
White Rata
Climbing rata with small compact leaves and white flowers - often with a pinkish tinge. Will climb on any rough surface. Flowers in spring. Tolerates very shaded conditions.

Full sun Filtered sun Full shade Prefers warmth and frost free Normal soil moisture conditions - symbol key


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