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Metrosideros umbellata
Southern Rata

Metrosideros umbellata
Metrosideros umbellata
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An evergreen shrub native to New Zealand with coppery coloured young leaves which turn dark green once mature and masses of vivid scarlet flowers in summer.

A handsome but tender shrub in the U.K., Metrosideros umbellata can be bought inside in winter or grown as a conservatory plant in a large container. Outside all year round, Metrosideros umbellata will usually only survive in the very warm, sheltered gardens of Cornwall.

Usually slow growing in the UK and not for instant gratification but lovely once established.

Supplied Size: 3L pots (approx 3 to 4 years old, 25 - 30 cm tall)

  • Position: Very sheltered in full sun.
  • Soil: Moist yet well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Tender. Metrosideros umbellata requires significant protection from cold winter winds and frost in most gardens and usually grows better in southern parts of the U.K.
  • Flowering Period: July - August.
  • Flower Colour: Scarlet-orange
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Medium sized, loosely branching shrub.
    • Height: 2 m (6 ft).
    • Spread: 2 m (6 ft).
  • Notes: Please note that although we usually guarantee plants for a year after purchase, we will not replace a Metrosideros umbellata which is damaged or killed by cold winter weather.


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