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Food for the birds List Records 41 - 60 of 72

METROSIDEROS excelsa - Pohutukawa, NZ Christmas Tree
Large spreading tree with tough, leathery dark green leaves and masses of dark crimson flowers from December through mid-summer. Perfect in many landscaping situations where space permits and an obvious choice for coastal planting (takes very heavy wind and salt spray). Grows well in any soil except wet, including steep and/or rocky or sandy sites. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m @ 10 years

METROSIDEROS excelsa Scarlet Pimpernel - Pohutukawa
A slow-growing, smaller cultivar of the NZ pohutukawa tree, with a rounded shape and masses of brilliant scarlet flowers for a long period over summer. Excellent as a specimen, hedge or screen. Tolerates strong coastal winds and most soils except wet. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 5m x 3.5m

METROSIDEROS excelsa Vibrance - Pohutukawa
A beautiful cultivar of the NZ pohutukawa tree, growing short and wide, with large, bright scarlet flowers in summer. Excellent as a specimen, hedge or screen, or for added interest in a mixed planting. Slowish growing; tolerates strong coastal winds and most soils except wet. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 4m x 3m

METROSIDEROS polymorpha Tahiti - Dwarf Pohutukawa
Shrubby cultivar of a Pacific Island species, with brilliant scarlet-orange flowers from mid-winter through spring. Works well in a mass planting, or as a low clipped hedge or more informal unclipped edging. Tolerates strong coastal winds and most soils except wet, but needs frost-free site.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

METROSIDEROS villosa Spring Fire
Spectacular Pacific Island species of pohutukawa with large orange/red flowers, appearing from early spring. Stunning as a specimen, hedge or screen or for added interest in a mixed border. Tolerates strong, coastal winds and most soils but avoid damp or waterlogged sites. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 4m x 3m

MUEHLENBECKIA complexa - Pohuehue, Wire Vine
Forms a tangled mat of wiry stems and small leaves; excellent as dense cover on banks. over old tree stumps, or as a scrambling low hedge. Tiny cream flowers are followed by berries, loved by birds, in summer/autumn. Vigorous and fast growing, takes normal to dry soils, including rocky and sandy, full sun or part shade. At home in salt spray; often used in dune revegetation and stabilisation.
Evergreen - 50cm high x 1 - 2m wide

MYRSINE australis - Matipo
Also known as mapau, mapou and red matipo, this plant is very familiar to most people but often confused with Pittosporum tenuifolium. It is easily distinguished by its red stems. Matipo is very under-used. It is good for hedges and screens, mixed plantings, revegetation projects and under-planting of established trees. Grows in dry to damp soils, strong winds, full sun and quite deep shade. Berries attract birds.
Evergreen - 3m x 2m

PHORMIUM Rainbow Red
A graceful flax with striking pink to red foliage. Use at the forefront of borders or in grouped plantings for effective splashes of colour. To prevent reversion and maintain good colour, feed with nitrogen rich fertiliser. For best colour, plant in full sun. Tough, tolerating extremes of heat and cold, salt air, damp (not boggy) conditions and drought.
Evergreen - 60cm x 60cm

PHORMIUM Black Rage
A distinctive smoky grey flax. Weeping foliage creates a stylish flax that holds colour well as it matures. Spectacular mass planted on banks, borders or around a pond. To prevent reversion and maintain good colour, feed with nitrogen rich fertiliser. For best colour, plant in full sun. Tough, tolerating extremes of heat and cold, salt air, damp (not boggy conditions) and drought.
Evergreen - 80cm x 80cm

PHORMIUM cookianum - Mountain Flax
A smaller growing flax than the more common Phormium tenax, but just as hardy, growing in rocky or sandy conditions and any soils, dry to damp (but not swampy). Tolerant of cold, heat and coastal winds. Foliage varies from erect leaves to more lax drooping leaves. Tall spikes of orange and yellow flowers attract tuis, bellbirds and silvereye in late spring, summer.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

PHORMIUM Dazzler
This compact flax has dark purple arching leaves, heavily striped with red to pinkish red. To prevent reversion and maintain good colour, feed with nitrogen rich fertiliser. Will survive in shade but maintains best colour in full sun. Tough, tolerating extremes of heat and cold, salt air, damp (not boggy) conditions and drought.
Evergreen - 75cm x 75cm

PHORMIUM Jester
A showy flax cultivar with bright green foliage striped with a wide, hot pink central band. Beautiful mass planted. To prevent reversion and to maintain good colour, feed with fertiliser rich in nitrogen. Okay in shade, but maintains better colour in full sun. Tough, tolerating extremes of heat and cold, salt air, damp (not boggy) conditions and drought.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

PHORMIUM tenax - Swamp Flax, NZ Green Flax
Very hardy, quick-growing broad-leafed plant. Excellent shelter for very windy places, coastal hardy. Tolerates both wet and dry soils. Great in mixed plantings, for erosion control, around ponds, as nurse shelter in native revegetation blocks and for planting in waste-water dispersal areas. Excellent for wetland plantings. Flowers on tall spikes attract birds.
Evergreen - 2-3m x 2m

PHORMIUM tenax Bronze Baby
Strong-growing flax cultivar which makes a beautiful contrast to green or silver plants in borders or around a pond. Mass plant for best effect. To prevent reversion and to maintain good colour, feed with fertiliser rich in nitrogen. Okay in shade, but maintains better colour in full sun. Tough, tolerating heat and cold, salt air, damp (not boggy) conditions and drought.
Evergreen - 75cm x 75cm

PHORMIUM tenax purpureum - Purple Swamp Flax
A seedling-grown version of the green swamp flax, this is a vigorous grower with smooth bronzy leaves. Because it is grown from seed, there are many interesting colour variations, from bronze to deep purple. Purple flax is smaller than the green swamp flax, but just as hardy and fast. Will take dry to wet conditions. Large flower spikes are favourites with tuis.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1m

PHORMIUM tenax Yellow Wave
Strong-growing flax cultivar with gracefully drooping foliage - spectacular mass planted on banks, borders or around a pond. To prevent reversion and to maintain good colour, feed with nitrogen-rich fertiliser. Okay in shade, but maintains better colour in full sun. Tough, tolerating extremes of heat and cold, salt air, damp (not boggy) conditions and drought.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

PITTOSPORUM crassifolium - Karo
Excellent coastal hardy evergreen native. Toughest of all pittosporums, standing the strongest of winds, salt and dryness. Okay in sand, but not happy in heavy wet soils. Good nurse tree in revegetation plantings. Has small, dark red flowers with lovely scent. Trimming and feeding annually will help promote lushness. Hedge spacing: 1m.
Evergreen - 3m x 1.5m

PITTOSPORUM eugenoides - Lemonwood, Tarata
Great hedge, screen, specimen. Black spots on leaves disappear with age. Tough and fast with a neat conical shape; remains bushy to ground if grass controlled underneath. Grows 5 to 6m or more, but can be clipped hard for a smaller hedge. Easy to grow in most soils, sun or shade, but avoid wet spots. Mulching, feeding and a light trim will promote lushness. Hedge spacing: 1m.
Evergreen - 5m x 3m

PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium - Kohuhu
No-fuss native, excellent for hedges, screens and specimen. Good infill shrub in native revegetation plantings. Fast-growing with a neat pyramidal shape. Tiny red-black, sweetly scented flowers appear early summer. Grows 5 - 6m, but can be clipped hard for a smaller hedge. Easy to grow in almost any soil, sun or shade - but do not plant in wet spots. Mulching, feeding and a light trim will promote lush, healthy, bushy growth. Spacing for hedge - 1m.
Evergreen - 5m x 3m

PODOCARPUS totara - Totara
One of NZ's forest giants, totara can be more shrub-like when young. Planted in the open, it is often densely branched and pyramidal in shape, and staking is required to keep it going up straight. If growing on the forest floor, totara will head for the sunlight and stay straight. Foliage can be bronze to green. Hardy to wind and frost and will tolerate damp soils and coastal conditions.
Evergreen - 6m x 4m @ 10 years

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