Metrosideros, a beautiful tree to shade your garden

metrosideros excelsa

El metersideros It is one of those trees that produce such a quantity of flowers that it becomes quite a spectacle. In addition, it is fast growing, and provides so much shade that it turns out to be an ideal plant for large gardens.

As if that were not enough, and despite its large size, it can be grown in a pot if it is pruned regularly. Did we find out? : )

Origin and characteristics of the Metrosideros

Metrosideros Sheets

Our protagonist is an endemic tree from New Zealand known as the Iron Tree or Pohutukawa. It reaches a height of up to 20 meters, with a more or less parasol canopy of about 15m in diameter. It has evergreen leaves, that is, the plant remains evergreen, and they are lanceolate, whole, green or variegated.

Blooms in winter, which is why it is also called the New Zealand Christmas Tree. Its flowers can be red or pink, and there is even a yellow-flowered cultivar ('Aurea').

What are their cares?

Metrosideros Flowers

If you want to enjoy this tree, we recommend that you provide it with the following care:

  • Location: outside, in full sun. If it is to be kept in the garden, it must be planted at a minimum distance of ten meters from any construction (paved ground, swimming pool, house, etc.).
  • Irrigation: two or three times a week in summer and a little less the rest of the year.
  • Soil or substrate: must have good drainage and be rich in organic matter.
  • Subscriber: from spring to early autumn with organic fertilizers (guano, manure), in powder if it is in the ground or liquid if it is in a pot.
  • Planting or transplanting time: in spring, when the risk of frost has passed.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring.
  • Pruning: late winter. Dry, diseased or weak branches should be removed, and those that have grown too large should be trimmed.
  • Rusticity: resistant up to -4ºC.

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  1.   Harassment said

    Hello, thanks for the information, could you please publish the scientific name to avoid ambiguities

  2.   Monica Sanchez said

    Hello Hostigat.
    The name of the genus is Metrosideros, the most common species being Metrosideros excelsa.
    A greeting.