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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


over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

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:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive albey30 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 ?


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

Pleasanton, California
San Jose, California

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