Plant of the Month - Leptospermum - January 2019 | Evergreen Nursery

Plant of the Month - Leptospermum - January 2019

Leptospermum Ruby Glow Leptospermum Snow White Leptospermum Helene Strybing

New Zealand Tea Tree ‘Ruby Glow,’ ‘Snow White,’ and ‘Helene Strybing’

Leptospermum scoparium, commonly called New Zealand Tea Tree, is an upright evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves and prolific flower clusters that appear from spring through summer. It may bloom  earlier in mild climates. It’s an excellent addition to cutting gardens and is a popular “filler” flower in floral arrangements. It grows best in well-drained, acidic soil with full to partial sun, but is tolerant of poor soils and drought conditions once established. ‘Ruby Glow’ has bright red double blooms with dark centers and a dense form. ‘Snow White’ has profuse double white flowers with green centers and is a compact, dense shrub.  ‘Helene Strybing’ produces single, deep pink flowers with a dark center and has a more open, arching growth habit.  Leptospermum scoparium can reach heights of up to 4-8 feet tall. Minimal pruning is required; pruning of new growth after flowering will encourage bushier growth and heavier blooms.

Available in one gallon pots - $3.50. Other sizes available; check individual locations for availability.