Height: 25-35'; Spread: 25'
Slow to moderate
Evergreen; oval, spreading form; dense canopy.
Dark gray-green, leathery leaves, 2-3" long, hairy white beneath.
Dark red flowers, in clusters 3-5" across with stamens 1" long, bloom in multiple flower cycles throughout the year.
Leathery, green-brown seed capsules, 1/4" across, stay on tree year-round.
Rough, dark brown bark.
In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
- Tree Care:
Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age. Occasional removal of suckers. Periodic sidewalk clean-up during flower drop.
Drought (once established), any soil, salt air; gusty, steady, or cold winds; smog, fog. Sun or shade.
- Special Considerations:
Mature tree can develop significant roots. Prefers well-drained soil. Suitable for a large basin (3x4' or larger).
- Notable Traits:
Native to New Zealand. Excellent choice for coastal neighborhoods; tolerates prevailing winds. Disease and pest resistant.
New Zealand Christmas Tree