New Zealand Tea Tree (leptospermum scoparium)
Also know as Australian Tea Tree (leptospermum laevigatum), most of the 86 different Leptospermum species make desirable garden plants and are available with white, pink or red flower shades. Cultivars range in size from 3-26 feet, so read labels carefully to avoid extra pruning. Leaves are evergreen and small. Hardiest are L. scoparium, L. lanigerum, L. liversidgei, L. polygalifolium, and L. rupestre, all of which can tolerate temperatures to -18°F; others are sensitive to frost. They tolerate most soils, including clay and rocks, but do need good drainage, so plant on a slope or upper ground if you have clay. Grow happily in full sun, part sun, or part shade and established plants are drought tolerant once established, but tolerate moderate water or regular water as well. Can be pruned as a hedge or bush, or trained as a small tree, with single or multiple trunks. Some are even cultivated as bonsai. Larger sizes are available (5 gallon and 15 gallon or larger can be ordered - please email your questions and we will furnish you with a specific price quote.)
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