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Pohutakawa

Compact growing plant with attractive white variegated foliage and scarlet flowers. Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height. Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F). Full sun - protect from drying winds.

Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter. Soil Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich. Neutral to acid soil.

  • Category Outdoor foliage plants
  • Genus Metrosideros
  • Species kermadecensis "Variegatus"
  • Families Myrtaceae
  • Habit Shrub
  • Climatic Zones Sub-tropical, USDA 10 b (Southern Italy and islands)
  • Leaves Variegated leaf
  • Flower Corymb
  • Geographical Area of Origin Oceania
  • Flowering and Fruiting Period July / June
  • Form Grown as shrub / bush
  • Colore Fiori Giallo   Rosso
  • Colore Foglie Verde   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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