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Phormium ‘Sunset’

06 Oct 2005

General information

Cultivar name:

Phormium ‘Sunset’ (syn. ‘Maori Sunset’)

Originator:

Introduced by Mrs M Jones, New Zealand Flax Hybridisers, Tauranga in 1980.

Publication:

L J Metcalf, The Cultivation of New Zealand Trees and Shrubs, 254 (1987). (See description below.)

Parentage:

Phormium cookianum

 

Leaf colour

Colour group:

Red variegated

Upper surface:

Mainly pinkish-red but with stripes of bronze-green especially towards the edges. The pink in older leaves tend to change to a dull creamy-yellow. Margins are brown and the midrib is commonly pinkish-purple.

Lower surface:

Greyish-bronze with fewer pink stripes. Margins and midrib are dark

Comments:

 

Growth form

Shape group:

Spreading

Leaf length:

< 100 cm

Leaf width:

< 4.5 cm

Comments

 

Flowers and fruit

Flowers:

 

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Published descriptions

HEE

Described as being "rather short, growing to 1 m or so, and has erect foliage. The bronze leaves are striped with strong shades of apricot-pink and pink shades".

SMG

An upright flax to 5 feet tall with elegant long 1 1/2" wide leaves arch at the tips in apricot to pink tones blending with green. Cut out bronze foliage to maintain good color. +/- Stable.

HOR

An upright five-footer whose wide leaves are apricot and soft pink, margined with green. ‘Sunset’ fades to soft creamy yellow (as it matures).

BUR

Foliage exhibits a range of yellow, gold and pink tones reminiscent of the sky at sunset. A hardy upright form growing to 5 feet eventually.
 

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