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Metrosideros excelsa - New Zealand Christmas Tree
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Metrosideros excelsus, M. tomentosa]
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Metrosideros excelsa (New Zealand Christmas Tree) - This narrow upright evergreen tree will take full sun and is drought tolerant. Scarlet flowers appear in spring through summer. It can reach up to 20 to 30 feet tall by about 12 to 15 feet wide. It does well in seaside conditions and is hardy to about 25-30 degrees F. Useful for its narrow upright habit. A great street tree in Santa Barbara. Is it M excelsus or M. excelsa: seems that many US sources (Sunset, Hortus) cite the specific epithet as "excelsus" while most British and New Zealand sources (RHS Exncyclopaedia, Flora of New Zealand) use "excelsa". Since this tree hails from New Zealand we follow their spelling of "excelsa". We have grown this plant in bush and tree form off and on since our nursery was extablished in 1979. This plant is availbable from many sources but we no longer grow it.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Metrosideros excelsa.
 
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