Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Red Dragon'
Evergreen shrub with small pointed, textured leaves, pinkish red when young, maturing to burgundy red, intensifying to blackish red in winter. White flowers in summer, to 1 cm across, followed by dark red berries. 'Red dragon' is one of several cultivars of Lophomyrtus x ralphii, a hybrid of the New Zealand native species Lophomyrtus bullata (ramarama) and Lophomyrtus obcordata (rohutu).
Prefers a sunny or partially shaded position in any well-drained, fertile soil. Avoid very dry or exposed sites. Tolerates moderate frosts, but may need some frost protection when young. Responds well to clipping.
Brilliant, fine-textured foliage plant. Excellent for hedging purposes. Cut stems are suitable for floral art.
Type of plantShrub - Evergreen
Size1.5-2 m tall, but can be kept smaller with pruning
Landscape Usefoliage colour, hedge, cut stems for floral art
- Temperature: Half hardy
- Light: Medium High
- Moisture: Medium
- Soil: Medium
- Wind tolerance: Average
- Coastal tolerance: Average