Metrosidero excelsa. Pōhutukawa

Metrosidero excelsa is an shrub or little tree very resistant and compact which red flowers are shown in spring or beginning of summer. Can resist sea conditions. Is very used to make hedges.

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Metrosidero excelsa, Iron tree or New Zealand Christmas tree  is an evergreen  shrub or tree belonging to the family of the myrtaceas (Myrtle).

It is a drought-resistant plant and  draws attention by the grey colour of its foliage and the shape and red colour of its flowers.

As a compact shrub Metrosidero excelsa is quite often used to cast shade. Although it is a plant for outdoor and direct sun, it can also be adapted to inside whenever you locate it in a place with plenty of light.

It is not picky about soil, with a universal substrate or top soil it is sufficient, the much important thing is to be sure that it drains well. And regarding irrigation it will become a drought resistant when it gets established.

Iron tree is tolerant to high temperatures, nevertheless a soft temperature will do much better on the plant.

It is recommended to fertilize  every fifteen days in the summer, and once a year  add a layer of good compost or top soil on the surface.

Metrosidero excelsa is suitable for areas very close to the sea and is wind-resistant.

Pruning of the metrosidero excelsa is usually done in winter to remove the branches that are damaged and broken and at the same time to give shape and contribute to get a bushier shrub and vigorous.

It usually does not affect any disease, it can harm only the excess water.


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Data sheet

Metrosidero Excelsa
New Zealand
Up to 7 m
Grey-green leaves, red flowers
Winter, spring and summer
Can resist sea conditions
Sales format
Pot of 17cms
Al tratarse de planta viva y dependiendo de la temporada, la planta puede ser recibida, en algunos casos, no exactamente igual que en la fotografía, aunque sí lo más parecida posible. Sin que ello repercuta en la calidad de la misma.

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