Pohutukawa and Southern rata cross. This narrow-growing, erect tree is clothed with shiny, pointed, fresh-green leaves. A profusion of scarlet flowers, which attract birds, cover the tree in early-January. Excellent tough coastal tree, withstanding a lot more frost than Metrosideros excelsa. Excellent street tree. Evergreen tree that grows at a moderate rate to reach 5m (H) x 4m (W) in 10 years.