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New Zealand Christmas Tree

A tree that grows to 30 feet with gray-green elliptic to oblong leaves that are white below.  This plant is most successful when grown close to the coast in full sun, tolerating wind and salt spray.  The New Zealand Christmas Tree is drought tolerant but frost sensitive.  Photo by Laurel Woodley

Metrosideros excelsus produces masses of red flowers
Latin Name: 
Metrosideros excelsus
Family Name: 
Myrtaceae
Place of Origin: 
New Zealand
Bloom Time: 
Jul
Aug
Garden Location: 
Acacia Loop Rd.