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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.
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry
Skill level: Experienced
Time to divide plants: April to July
Time to take cuttings: April to July
Flowering period: May to June
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