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Leptospermum scoparium (Tea Tree)

Tea Tree, Broom Tea Tree, Mānuka, Manuka myrtle, New Zealand Tea Tree


Leptospermum scoparium (Tea Tree) is an upright evergreen shrub with small, aromatic (when crushed), needle-like leaves and showy flowers in late spring and summer. Borne along the stems, the blooms may be single or double, in shades of red, pink or white depending on the varieties. Attractive to bees, they give way to small woody capsules containing tiny seeds, that hang on for a long time after the petals drop. Native to Australia and New Zealand, this shrub adds ornamental appeal to the landscape year-round.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (180-300 cm).
  • Easily grown in acidic, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. Young plants appreciate a consistently moist soil, but established plants prefer moderate but even moisture. Tolerance for drought and poor soil makes this plant suitable for cultivation in dry Mediterranean climates.
  • Deer resistant
  • Great for beds and borders, coastal gardens, Mediterranean gardens, gravel and rock gardens or containers.
  • Virtually disease and pest free. Root rot may occur in overly moist soils.
  • Propagate by seed (species) or semi-hardwood cuttings (cultivars)
  • Minimal pruning required. Prune after flowering to maintain shape and encourage bushier, more floriferous growth. Never cut into bare wood as new growth is unlikely to sprout.
  • Main cultivars include:
    Apple Blossom - Double light pink flowers. 8 ft. tall and wide (240 cm)
    Burgundy Queen - Dark burgundy double flowers. Upright, dense shrub to 12 ft. tall (3.6m) and 10 ft. wide (3m)
    Red Damask - Deep red, fully double flowers. Dense medium-sized shrub to 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.5m)
    Helene Strybing - Single, deep pink flowers with a dark center. Open, upright and arching growth habit to 10 ft. tall and wide (3m).
    Red Ensign - Single, deep, rich-red blooms with a dark center. Upright, dense shrub to 8-10 ft. (2.4-3m) with dark red leaves
    Ruby Glow - Double, rich ruby-red flowers. Upright, dense shrub to 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.5m)
    Silver & Rose - Profuse, rose pink, green-centered flowers. Dense, compact shrub to 4-5 ft. and wide (1.2-1.5m)
    Snow White - Profuse, double white, green-centered flowers. Dense, compact, shrub to 4-5 ft tall and wide (1.2-1.5m)

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 3 – 11
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 3 – 11
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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