Metrosideros angustifolia, Mearnsia angustifolia, Lance-leaved Myrtle, Cape Metrosideros

Metrosideros angustifolia, Mearnsia angustifolia

Lance-leaved Myrtle, Cape Metrosideros
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapPlant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowers

Metrosideros angustifolia is a lance-leaved Myrtle native to South Africa, and is a great choice as a large shrub or small tree for evergreen gardens. Growing to a height of 5-10 ft tall, it can also be used for bonsai. It looks best when planted in full sun or semi-shade regions and requires regular or moderate water for best results. Its foliage is a deep, shiny green and the flowers are white or off-white, each with hundreds of tiny, feathery stamens that give it a paintbrush effect. The combination of glossy foliage and ornamental flowers makes it a great addition to any outdoor area.

Metrosideros angustifolia is an easy and hardy plant, making it a great choice for all kinds of gardeners, regardless of experience. It can be grown in all USDA Zone 9-11 regions and withstands both the heat and cold. Care for this beautiful shrub is fairly easy, a light pruning every year or two is recommended for optimal conditions. Regular watering is also essential for keeping it healthy and blooming, especially during summer and spring.

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