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Commonly known as Tea tree
Small, bright flowers making up for their size by their profuse flowering.
Early Australian settlers steeped leaves of some varieties for drinking. L. scoparium is the source of Manuka honey.
Genus of about 85 species of evergreen shrubs and trees occurring in rainforest and semi-arid areas mainly in Australia but also from southeastern asia to New Zealand.
EvergreenShrubs and trees
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Will grow outside in milder locationsThis could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.Under glass use loam-based compost (JI No.3) in full or bright filtered light
Additional FeaturesGood to knowSome are very recent hybrids from the New Zealand native 'scoparium' (Manuka) and some of the 80 species from Australia.Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originSoutheastern Australia, New Zealand.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsAustralian / New Zealand
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Scented PlantsScented foliageGenerally aromatic foliage.
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
Buy Varieties of LEPTOSPERMUM
single saucer-shaped white flowers in summer and silky hairy white stems. Frost hardy
bright cerise-pink flowers with a green centre. Bright green leaves. An excellent patio plant. A welcome new addition to the range and variety of leptospermums
bright mauve-pink flowers with a green centre in profusion in late spring. An impressive new introduction
(Jervis Bay form) - single pink, sometimes white relatively large flowers. Glossy grey-green leaves
double pale-pink flowers
bronzed foliage, double red flowers
double pinkish-white flowers
single red flowers. Red-tinted green leaves
double pink flowers which deepen to rose-red, bushy habit
profuse large pink flowers turning deeper with age
pale pink single flowers. Compact dwarf habit
red flowers and purple-bronze foliage
prostrate form, single pink
double dark red flowers and dark green leaves
red-tinted green leaves and semi-double bright red flowers
double white flowers with a hint of pink
silvery foliage and red stems. White flowers in summer