NZ Christmas Bush - Metrosideros Thomasii

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A hardy small to medium, evergreen tree with leathery foliage, which in summer is covered in a mass of bright red-orange flowers. Thrives in a sunny, warm position in well drained soil and tolerates coastal exposure and periods of dryness.

Grows well in seaside gardens. Ideal for use as a hedge or specimen tree.

Common Name: New Zealand Christmas Bush Botanical Name: Metrosideros thomasii Plant size: Approx 12 - 15cm Pot size: 50mm pot. Max growth: Approx high and 5m wide. Maintenance: Prune after flowering to maintain a compact growth. Tolerates wind and coastal areas. Planting: Cultivate soil before planting. Dig the hole twice the size of the pot
Place the plant in the hole so the soil level of the plant is the same as the surrounding ground.
Fill the hole firmly and water in well even if the soil is moist.

Climate Zone

  • Arid
  • Cool
  • Subtropical
  • Temperate
  • Tropical


  • Bird attracting
  • Long lasting
  • Striking Flowers

Garden Style

  • Native Garden

Growth Rate

  • Moderate


  • Border Hedge
  • Privacy Screen
  • Tall Hedge
  • Wind break

Plant Spacing

  • 1 - 1.2m

Plant Type

  • Evergreen
  • Foliage Plants
  • Large Shrubs


  • Coastal
  • Full Sun
  • Semi Shade


  • Container Plants
  • Edge planting
  • Feature planting
  • Retaining walls

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