'ohi'a Lehua

Scientific Name: Metrosideros polymorpha Gaudich.

Classification: Plantae/ Tracheobionta / Spermatophyta / Magnoliophyta / Magnoliopsida / Rosidae / Myrtales / Myrtaceae / Metrosideros Banks ex Gae/ Metrosideros polymorpha Gaudich.

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General Information
Usda SymbolMEPO5
Life CyclePerennial
Growth HabitsShrubTree,
Native LocationsMEPO5

Plant Guide

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Plant Traits

Growth Requirements

Temperature, Minimum (°F)22
Adapted to Coarse Textured SoilsYes
Adapted to Fine Textured SoilsNo
Adapted to Medium Textured SoilsYes
Anaerobic ToleranceNone
CaCO3 ToleranceNone
Cold Stratification RequiredNo
Drought ToleranceLow
Fertility RequirementMedium
Fire ToleranceHigh
Frost Free Days, Minimum320
Hedge ToleranceNone
Moisture UseMedium
pH, Maximum5.7
pH, Minimum4.3
Planting Density per Acre, Maxim700
Planting Density per Acre, Minim300
Precipitation, Maximum450
Precipitation, Minimum20
Root Depth, Minimum (inches)24
Salinity ToleranceNone
Shade ToleranceIntolerant


Resprout AbilityYes
Shape and OrientationErect
Active Growth PeriodSpring and Summer
C:N RatioHigh
Coppice PotentialYes
Fall ConspicuousNo
Fire ResistantNo
Flower ColorRed
Flower ConspicuousYes
Foliage ColorGreen
Foliage Porosity SummerModerate
Foliage Porosity WinterModerate
Foliage TextureCoarse
Fruit/Seed ConspicuousNo
Nitrogen FixationNone
Low Growing GrassNo
Leaf RetentionYes
Known AllelopathNo
Height, Mature (feet)65.0
Height at 20 Years, Maximum (fee30
Growth RateSlow
Growth FormSingle Stem
Fruit/Seed ColorBrown


Vegetative Spread RateModerate
Small GrainNo
Seedling VigorMedium
Fruit/Seed Period BeginFall
Seed Spread RateModerate
Propagated by TubersNo
Propagated by SprigsNo
Propagated by SodNo
Propagated by SeedYes
Propagated by CuttingsYes
Propagated by ContainerYes
Propagated by BulbNo
Propagated by Bare RootYes
Fruit/Seed PersistenceNo
Fruit/Seed Period EndWinter
Fruit/Seed AbundanceMedium
Commercial AvailabilityRoutinely Available
Bloom PeriodLate Spring
Propagated by CormNo


Veneer ProductNo
Pulpwood ProductNo
Post ProductYes
Palatable HumanNo
Nursery Stock ProductNo
Naval Store ProductYes
Lumber ProductYes
Fuelwood ProductMedium
Fodder ProductNo
Christmas Tree ProductNo
Berry/Nut/Seed ProductNo
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