New Zealand Christmas Bush (Metrosideros thomasii) is a fantastic flowering shrub that is ideal to be used as a hedge or screen and is easy to care for.  Available in many different varieties and colours with gorgeous tones of orange and red flowers. Their leathery leaves protect them in extremes of weather making them salt and wind tolerant, so perfect for exposed coastal areas.


How to grow NZ Christmas Bush in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun or part shade with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.
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How to grow NZ Christmas Bush in a pot

Choose a dwarf variety suitable for pots.

  1. Choose a pot at least 250mm wide with adequate drainage holes. 
  2. Position in full sun or part shade.
  3. Fill the pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  5. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Regular pruning will encourage multi-stemmed branching and prevent 'legginess'.

  • Beautiful red flowers appear spring through to summer.

  • Great bee attracting shrub.


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Abies

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Chamaecyparis

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Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.