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Varieged New Zealand Christmas Bush

Metrosideros excelsa Variegata is a hardy, stout trunked shrub or small tree with oblong, grey/green leaves and spectacular crimson pincushion or pom-pom type flowers that are made up of many fluffy stamens.


"Variegata" has yellow edged leaves".Will stand most soils but prefers moist, well-drained conditions. Avoid frosts but will survive in exposed seaside settings. Can be pruned to shape.

  • Category Outdoor foliage plants
  • Genus Metrosideros
  • Species excelsa "Aureus"
  • Families Myrtaceae
  • Habit Shrub
  • Climatic Zones Sub-tropical, USDA 10 b (Southern Italy and islands)
  • Leaves Evergreen
  • Flower Corymb
  • Geographical Area of Origin Oceania
  • Flowering and Fruiting Period June / May / April / March
  • Form Grown as shrub / bush
  • Colore Fiori Giallo   Rosso
  • Colore Foglie Verde   Giallo   Variegato
  • Colore Frutti Marrone
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium
  • Light Exposure Full light / Full sun / Medium shade / Half shade
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