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Metrosideros excelsa Pohutukawa NZ Christmas tree

April 19th 2004

Metrosideros excelsa Pohutukawa NZ Christmas tree

Tree reaching 25m. Leaves2-10cm long, leathery and hairy or furry underneath
Seed is very fine but particularly hardy. Sow thinly on top of a fine seeds 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 while young.The plants generally flower at Christmas time, hence the common name  "N.Z. Christmas Tree." The seedlings do well if placed in direct sunlight and given plenty of water.

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Life-size Guide to New Zealand Native Ferns: Featuring the Caterpillars Which Feed on ThemA Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New ZealandGardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native PlantsTrees and Shrubs of New ZealandThe Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees



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