Dwarf Rata

Below is a before and after styling of a Dwarf NZ Rata, Metrosideros Carminea. It actually grows as a vine, unlike it’s full size cousin the Northern Rata (M. robusta), occuring in coastal and low land forest. It has beautiful miniature pohutukawa like red flowers during spring & summer, and thus takes on the look of a miniature pohutukawa when grown as a bonsai.


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Before work

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After work

Below are some close ups… I’ll get a snap of it in flower this coming summer!

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The leaves are tiny, reducing down to 2-3mm

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The pot is a blue-grey glazed that compliments the red flowers in summer beautifully

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Moss/Lichen close-up

Below is an image of the Pohutukawa like red flowers, and an image of the tree in it’s endemic NZ forest environment, literally hanging from a tree fern…

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Dwarf Rata flower detail

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Rata in the wild

Thanks for reading!