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Leptospermum scoparium 'Red Damask' (Tea Tree)

Tea Tree 'Red Damask', Broom Tea Tree 'Red Damask', Mānuka 'Red Damask', Manuka myrtle 'Red Damask', New Zealand Tea Tree 'Red Damask'


Free-flowering, award-winning Leptospermum scoparium ‘Red Damask’ (Tea Tree) is a compact-rounded, densely branched, evergreen shrub with small, aromatic (when crushed), needle-like, deep-green leaves and striking, rich pink-red, fully double half-inch flowers (12 mm) in late spring and early summer. Freely borne along the stems, the blooms are attractive to bees. They give way to small woody capsules containing tiny seeds, that hang on for a long time after the petals drop. Adding ornamental appeal to the landscape, its compact size makes it a great choice for containers.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 6-8 ft. tall (180-240 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
  • Easily grown in slightly acid, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun or light shade. Provide a sheltered, warm, sunny site. 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.
  • Great for beds and borders, containers, Mediterranean gardens, gravel and rock gardens.
  • Virtually disease and pest free. Root rot may occur in overly moist soils. Deer resistant
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • 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.

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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, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 60" (120cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Leonora (Ellie) Enking, Sid Mosdell / Flickr

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, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 60" (120cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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