'Ohi'a Lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha var. polymorpha)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: To 40 feet or more
Plant Spread: 10 feet to 20 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Variable in color, shape and size.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Pink
Red
Yellow
Bi-Color: Yellow/Orange
Other: Cream
Flower Time: Year Round
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Flowering Tree
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Comments:
Posted by Metrosideros (Puna, HI - Zone 10b) on Feb 3, 2015 11:03 PM

Metrosideros polymorpha var. polymorpha is the most common type of 'Ohi'a Lehua found on the Island of Hawai'i.
It comes in an array of colors from red to orange to yellow.

It is easily recognized by its leaves, which have a glabrous (smooth) top and tomentose (fuzzy) bottom.

It is the dominant variety on new lava flows, and dry to mesic (moist) forest.

It is the mother-tree for old growth forests on Hawai'i.

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