PO Box 567
Lilydale, Vic 3140
Phone (03) 9735 3831

Metrosideros vilosa 'Tahiti'

Tahitian Christmas Bush

Plant Type Large shrub
Flower Colour Red
Leaf Shape Round
Leaf Colour Bronze
Sun/Shade Part-full sun
Climate Min Temperate
Climate Max Tropical
Drought No
Coastal Second level
Frost Light
Native Tahiti
Flower Months Oct-Mar


Metrosideros is a small genus found in Africa, Australia, Polynesia and New Zealand.  The name is from the Greek and refers to the iron like heart of the trunk.  There are several species native to New Zealand that range from sub tropical climbers to very large, long lived tree.  The tree forms are commonly called New Zealand Christmas Bush.

Tahiti is a small hybrid of Polynesian origin.  The foliage is a distinctive bronze green color with a hint of grey from the fine hairs on the upper surface.  It has eye catching orange blooms through late winter and spring.  The new growth as a brick red tone and adds to the overall color of the plant.


It is coast and humidity tolerant.  It will also tolerate some dry period but is only tolerant of light frosts.  Will grow well in full sun to part shade and is an excellent landscaping or large tub plant.  It is quite different from the common New Zealand Christmas bush in both its size and the color of the foliage.  Looks good all year round and would contrast well with Metrosideros  ‘Harlequin’ or Dianella nigra. An annual feed with a Osmocote Outdoor Trees and Shrubs slow release will keep it vigorous and healthy.

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