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Leptospermum scoparium 'Martini'

New Zealand tea tree

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Leptospermums are close relatives of myrtle, with similar small evergreen leaves and a dense, bushy habit. They come from Australia and New Zealand, and make large shrubs or small trees in seaside gardens and mild districts. Elsewhere, they are limited in size by winds and frosts, and grow best against a warm wall where they can reach 4m (13ft) or more. This variety, the New Zealand tea tree, is a variable species which has given rise to numerous varieties such as 'Martini', a fine dark-leafed shrub with rich carmine flowers.

Family: Myrtaceae

Genus: Leptospermum

Species: scoparium

Cultivar: Martini

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to divide plants: April to July

Time to take cuttings: April to July

Flowering period: May to June


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