Metrosideros excelsa Sol. ex Gaertn.

Fruct. Sem. Pl. i:172, t.34, fig. 8 (1788) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Tree to c. 10 m high or more, often multi-stemmed, crown broadly spreading; branchlets tomentose. Leaves elliptic to oblong, 4–10 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, thick, leathery, dark green above, white-tomentose below; apex acute or obtuse; margins entire; petiole 0.5–1 cm long. Inflorescence a terminal, many-flowered cyme. Flowers red or crimson; hypanthium tomentose; sepals triangular, persistent; petals oblong; stamens numerous, 3–4 cm long. Fruit obconic to hemispherical, 7–10 mm long, c. 8 mm wide, tomentose. Flowers Dec.–Jan.   

*WaP. Native to the north island of New Zealand, where it occurs on coastal cliffs, apparently naturalised in Victoria near Port Campbell.

There are numerous cultivars of this species, ranging from low shrubs to trees, and yellow to red-flowered forms.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-07-05
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Metrosideros
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Metrosideros excelsa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Metrosideros excelsa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Warrnambool Plain present introduced

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory