New Zealand Christmas Bush


Metrosideros thomasii, also known as the New Zealand Christmas Bush or the Rata, is a large evergreen tree native to New Zealand. It is a popular ornamental tree due to its attractive foliage and bright red flowers, which appear in the summer.

The tree can grow up to 4 to 6 meters in height and 5 meters in width, with a rounded canopy and a trunk that is often multi-stemmed. The leaves are glossy green and oval, while the flowers are large and showy, appearing in clusters along the branches.

In terms of soil, Metrosideros thomasii prefers well-drained soils with a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 5.5-7. It is also tolerant of a wide range of soils, including clay and sand, but it prefers soils that are moist and rich in organic matter. The tree prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

When planting Metrosideros thomasii, it is essential to give it room to grow, as it can reach a height of 4 to 6 meters and a spread of 5 meters. It is also necessary to ensure that the soil is well-prepared and that the tree is planted at the same depth as in the container. After planting, it is crucial to water the tree well and provide it with adequate moisture until it is established.

This product is not available to customers in SA and TAS, as it is part of the Myrtaceae family.

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