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Commonly known as Tick bush
EvergreenNarrow, leathery leaves
Height5m (16ft) usually much shorter
Spread5m (16ft) usually less
Tall ShrubUsually upright shrub. Flowers, about 12mm (½in) across are produced in leafy clusters
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouseTolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
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.
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Genus of over 30 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees from sandy, mostly coastal areas of Australia. One species extends to New Zealand.
K. ambigua has a history of use as relief from muscular aches and pains.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowCan be grown in a container in a cool glasshouse and moved outside in summer. Prune after flowering to restrict size.Medicinal propertiesEssential oil provides temporary relief from pain of arthritisPests & DiseasesNonePlace of originAustralia
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winterUnder glass grow in lime-free compost in full lightPatio / pot plants
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)Half hardy (down to 0)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFree draining sandy soilNeutral to acid soil
5m (16ft) usually much shorter
5m (16ft) usually less