Most cold hardy of the Metrosideros family. Very slow-growing with a bushy, multi-stemmed growth habit. Red new stems and leaves are a feature. Mature leaves are glossy, leathery, and pointed. Glowing scarlet flowers in mid-January. Requires a moist, cooler position. Evergreen tree that grows at a slow rate to reach 3m (H) x 2m (W) in 10 years.