The wonderful Tea Tree is part of a genus made up of about 80 species of evergreen shrubs or small trees with small narrow, needle-like leaves, some of which are aromatic when crushed, a bit lemony. Native of Australia, it has a relative that is native to NZ which is naturally widespread in certain areas.
When Captain Cook’s crew and the early settlers were suffering from scurvy as well as withdrawal from their regular English tea, they would use the leaves of a variety of the Leptospermum to make a brew.
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The flowers range in colour from white through pink and red shades, and there are singles and doubles that bloom prolifically. They are used in many different ways in landscaping; groups of trees provide graceful hedging, single specimens provide a splash of colour, they can be pruned to shapes such as standards, and they make an excellent addition to the vase. The nectar from the flowers is harvested by bees and makes a yummy and highly beneficial honey.
The requirements for cultivation of the species are that they are best suited to well-drained soil in full sun, but some will tolerate wet and shady conditions. In order to retain their bushy habit, light pruning from a young age and each year after flowering is recommended. Most species are hardy to drought.
Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as Manuka is a bushy shrub seldom more than 3.5 – 4m high, but Leptospermum ericoides, knownasKanuka grows into a small tree up to 12m or more. Both species are, however, extremely variable. They flower in profusion and Manuka has showy, white flowers about 10cm across but Kanuka has much smaller flowers. The fruits are woody capsules containing numerous small, linear seeds. Manuka sheds its bark in long papery strips and the wood is the best known firewood in New Zealand so you can always put your prunings into the fire which will keep you warm and hapy and gay on those cold winter nights!
Native. AKA Tea Tree. This dwarf form of Tea Tree has single white, pink-flushed flowers with a dark eye that appear during spring. Upright growth habit and very free flowering, tolerating most soil types and conditions. Evergreen.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Aust. Native. This New Release stunning upright Leptospermum which smothers itself in masses of deep red flowers in mid-late spring. Suited t most soil types in full sun. Would make an attractive screen plant. Trim back after flowering to shape and size
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m
Current Stock Height: 20/30 cm ?
Container: 3.3l ?
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The large deep mauve flowers are produced in mid to late spring on a nice compact shrub which will grow to approximately 1.5 - 2 meters in height. A hardy shrub for most soil types and climates. Evergreen. PVR
Native. An unusual form of our native Manuka (Tea Tree) which has a low semi-prostrate habit that makes it ideal for cascading over walls and banks. Can also be used in rock gardens or as a ground cover. The foliage is tiny, narrow and pointed, the flowers are in tones of rose red and pink. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm
Native Standard. An unusual form of our native Manuka (Tea Tree) which has a low semi-prostrate habit that makes it ideal for a lovely cascading head of flowers on a topiary standard. Can be grown in a pot/ tub or used as an attractive specimen in the garden.The foliage is tiny, narrow and pointed, the flowers are in tones of rose red and pink. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Cascading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: STD
Native. Early vibrant red single flower, dark green/burgundy foliage.Grows happily in full sun and prefers not to be let to dry out. Flowering during late autumn and shows some flowers during winter building to a peak in Spring. H 2m
Native. Green foliage with double flowers ranging from pink to dark pink. Grows happily in full sun and prefers not to dry out. Flowering during late autumn and showing some flowers during winter, building to a peak in Spring. H 2.0m
Native. Call it Tea Tree or call it Manuka or even by its botanical name of Leptospermum this ubiquitous native tree is a familar site in our landscape. The scented white flowers that appear in summer attract bees that produce delicious honey. Will grow almost anywhere. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
Native. Tea Tree AKA Manuka. Delightful evergreen shrub with a free flowering and compact habit. Double red flowers appear in spring and in autumn offset by dainty bronze foliage. Easy to grow in a sunny spot and quite hardy. Bred by Jack Hobbs from the Botanic Gardens in Manurewa, Auckland.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 50cm