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Commonly known as Manuka, New Zealand 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.
EvergreenSmall leaves to 2cm (¾in) long.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)Under glass use loam-based compost (JI No.3) in full or bright filtered light
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.
Against a wallSouth- or west-facing
Full sunProtect from cold, dry winds
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant - insectsPests & DiseasesNonePlace of originNew ZealandResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeSingleRow of petals round conspicuous stamens - no more than 8 petals
Garden Location/ConditionsAustralian / New Zealand
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)Lanceolate (see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 5Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Scented PlantsScented foliage
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilModerately fertile
LEPTOSPERMUM scoparium 'Martini'
LEPTOSPERMUM scoparium 'Red Damask'
LEPTOSPERMUM scoparium 'Snow Flurry'
LEPTOSPERMUM scoparium nanum 'Kiwi'
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
profuse large pink flowers turning deeper with age
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