Selected for its more upright, dense, and compact form. Just as tough as Metrosideros excelsa, but with very large, vibrant, orange-red flowers borne over a long period through summer. Nectar-seeking birds love the flowers. A good choice for suburban gardens. Excellent street tree. Evergreen tree that grows at a moderate rate to reach 5m (H) x 4m (W) in 10 years.