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New Zealand Christmas Tree, Common Pohutakawa, Pohutukawa Tree
Metrosideros excelsa 'Gala'

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Metrosideros (met-roh-SID-er-oss) (Info)
Species: excelsa (ek-SEL-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gala

Category:

Trees

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pleasanton, California

San Jose, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 20, 2007, albey30 from Christchurch
New Zealand (Zone 9a) wrote:

These plants will grow in zone 9b, and can handle light frosts once established. They grow in exposed coastal areas and are extremely wind tolerant. They need full sun to flower properly. In their native country of New Zealand they occur in a Heat zone of 1 - 3. So i dont know how much more heat they can take ?