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Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand

The classic New Zealand  identification guide. Every home should have one. Buy it here.

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Metrosideros excelsa Pohutukawa NZ Christmas tree

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Metrosideros excelsa Whangaroa harbour

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Pohutukawa forms a tree reaching 25m. The leaves are 2-10cm long, leathery, and hairy underneath.
The seed is very fine but particularly hardy. Sow thinly on top of a fine seed raising mix.
One of New Zealands most stunning and well known trees that is grown throughout the world. Pohutukawa grow well in all soils and is surprisingly hardy, but is a little frost tender when young. The plants generally flower at Christmas time, hence the common name  "New Zealand Christmas Tree." The seedlings do well if placed in direct sunlight and given plenty of water.

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I recommend the following books on New Zealand native plants
100 Best NZ Native Plants for Gardens
The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees
Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand
Gardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native Plants
A Photographic Guide to Ferns of New Zealand
New Zealand Trees and Shrubs: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivation and Identification
From Weta to Kauri: A Guide to the NZ Forest
Which Native Forest Plant? (Which S.)