Metrosideros carminea

Metrosideros carminea photographed at Trevena Cross Nurseries, Helston, Cornwall, UK

Metrosideros carminea is a sturdy climber that can grow up to 40 ft (12 m) high. The dark green, leathery, oval leaves are 0.8–1.6 in (2–4 cm) long. The flowers are carmine; spring.

Metrosideros carminea is found in coastal and lowland forests in the northern half of the North Island, and is one of New Zealand’s most endangered plants. It can be grown as a climber or a bush. When established is hardy to –4°C, and so in the UK could be grown in coastal or mild areas. In a large pot it would make a fine specimen for a conservatory.

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