Trees and shrubs

Scarlet myrtle: superb flowering


Very beautiful flowering shrub with original and colorful flowering, scarlet myrtle is very interesting in summer but also the rest of the year for its evergreen foliage

Last name : Metrosideros
Family : Myrtaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 2 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : May to August

Planting scarlet myrtle

Recommended planting in the ground in spring in the Mediterranean or Atlantic regions.

The hardiness of Metrosideros is limited since it cannot withstand negative temperatures below -2 °

If you're worried about winter frosts, adopt a container culture that you can bring in for the winter.

  • Follow our planting tips.

Pruning scarlet myrtle

Relatively easy to maintain, the Metrosideros fears cold more than drought.

No pruning is essential but it is possible if you want to shape your myrtle or if it is a hedge.

Then wait for the end of flowering to balance the branches

Good to know about scarlet myrtle

This shrub offers a remarkable flowering with its flowers with bright red stamens. It is appreciated for its evergreen foliage, its leathery leaves and slightly felted on the reverse. Its flowering, advantageous in summer, is a delight for bees

Both very decorative and easy to maintain, it will be perfect for verandas or cold greenhouses.

It is also very suitable for building an evergreen hedge.

Also called New Zealand Christmas tree, it finds its origins on the side and New Zealand forests.

Smart tip

Keep the soil moist by watering regularly, but not excessively when the soil is dry.


To read also:

  • Flowering shrub ideas for a hedge
  • The hedge, the best defense against disease
  • Summer flowering shrubs

Video: Stokes Lecture 2016 (October 2020).