Variegated New Zealand Christmas Tree
Metrosideros excelsa 'Gala'
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
This page is for reference only. If you are looking for a plant to purchase, please use our Plant Finder to discover the perfect plant for your garden.
|Lore||Because these plants bloom at Christmas time in their homeland of New Zealand, they were named Christmas tree by the Maori who also use the plants in their folk medicine.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Rounded shrub 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late Winter through Summer|
|Design Ideas||Size and color make this the perfect foundation shrub for covering up both low vents and utilities as well as higher up meters and boxes. Dense habit is ideal for natural hedges and privacy screens that need no shearing. Even works as a windscreen for tight spaces. Prune to a single or multiple trunk for high profile patio tree. Pruning makes it equally suited to large containers as a patio tree. Valuable nectar source for hummingbirds and butterflies makes it vital in tropical settings too. An all around shrub for problem solving in coastal landscapes, beach houses and on palisades where persistent breeze, salt spray and mild drought are common.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Privacy Screen, Windbreak, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Abelia (Abelia); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Fringe Flower (Loropetalum); Cape Mallow (Anisodontea)|
Thrives in average, loamy to sandy, well-drained soils. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, water deeply, less frequently. Feed with an all-purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For neat appearance, shear after flowering.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11