Trees (New Zealand Native) Metrosideros hybrids & cultivars with photos
Metrosideros excelsa "Maori Princes
Maori Princess has an open-branched, upright tree with dark green foliage and has consistent striking red flowers that have a mauve tone to the filaments in December. Metrosideros excelsa” Maori Princess” has an upright form but is not as tall as the regular excelsa. It is coast hardy, tolerates wind, dry spells and poor soil.
The original Maori Princess was selected (not a hybrid) from a large tree planted in Brougham Street, New Plymouth. It was named by the late Trevor Davies of Duncan & Davies nursery. Its original provenance (geographic origin) is unknown but since its merits were discovered many thousands of its cutting grown offspring have been planted throughout New Zealand’s urban areas.
Metrosideros collina cv Tahiti is a cultivar of the Pacific Island shrub Metrosideros collina. It is a low compact bush (1.5 m high) with clusters of orange-red flowers that appear sporadically throughout the year.
Metrosideros collina ‘Red Baby is a cross between Metrosideros collina and Metrosideros kermadecensis (Kermadec pohutukawa).) Metrosideros collina is a species native to the islands of Fiji, the Marquesas, Samoa. Red Baby has vibrant red flowers up to 20mm on new growth in spring. Trim to desired If untrimmed will grow to 1.5m x 2m.
Metrosideros excelsa ‘Golden Dawn’, PVR
A reverse-variegated Australian-raised cultivar growing to 3-5 m high but can be contained by trimming after flowering. The leaves have green outer margins and yellow centres. The flowers are a melon pink and appear early to mid summer. It likes coastal conditions.
Metrosideros excelsa ‘Vibrance’ is an upright medium-sized tree with long rounded leaves, exceptionally long stamens and vibrant orange-red flowers that appear from mid-December even in young plants. Graeme Platt obtained cutting material of it around 1985 and named it "Vibrance".
It was subsequently incorrectly given an informal name "Waiomu Bay" after the place of its discovery. The original tree is planted in a reserve near the sea at Waiomu Bay on the Thames Coast, Coromandel Peninsula.
Metrosideros villosa "Spring Fire" This exotic compact growing pohutukawa is native to the Pacific Islands. The bright red-orange flowers appear in spring and early summer. Tolerates strong coastal winds and most soils.
Metrosideros carminea 'Carousel' is a dwarf ground covering shrub form of the climbing crimson rata (Metrosideros carminea). It forms a low growing spreading shrub (Height: 0.2 to 0.8 Width: 0.3 to 0.6) with small shiny green leaves with yellow margins on long lax branchlets. It produces small carmine-red flowers in spring.
M carminea ‘Carousel’ arose as a variegated sport of M. carminea ‘Ferris Wheel’. It was selected by Jim Rumble of Duncan and Davis Nurseries New Plymouth in 1987. Being vegetatively propagated from the adult form of the species it is largely a non-climbing cultivar but if planted against a wall it might revert to its climbing form and attach to the wall.
Metrosideros excelsa ‘Variegata’.as the name suggests is a variegated cultivar with leaves that have green centres and grey-green and yellow margins which are sometimes speckled with green. Common name is Variegated Pohutukawa.
It is an evergreen flowering tree with several trunks and it will grow to 20m in height and have a 10m spread. It grows best in coastal areas as it is frost tender. The flowers are a spectacular spray of red stamens during summer.
There has been much confusion about the correct species for cultivars named “Variegata” Pohutukawa. It is thought that there are distinct cultivars under that name for both M. excelsa and M. kermadecensis. It is also possible that that some of the variegated forms are hybrids.
Flowering December, New Plymouth
Metrosideros collina “Tahitian Sunset” is a dwarf growing sport of M. collina ‘Tahiti’. It has cream variegated foliage; the new growth is soft like deer velvet and highlighted in winter by bold pink-red flush on the new growth. The foliage is a scarlet bloom similar to a bottle bush. These are produced intermittently throughout the year from cluster of dusty white buds. Metrosideros collina is a species from the Pacific Islands.
Metrosideros excelsa ‘Golden Dawn’, a reverse-variegated Australian-raised cultivar growing to 3-5 m high but can be contained by trimming after flowering. The leaves have green outer margins and yellow centres.