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New Zealand tea tree - Leptospermum scoparium (latin)

Areas of origin: Australia, New Zealand.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 4 metres (13'), width up to 2.5 metres (8,2').
Foliage: Evergreen, grey-green.
Soil type: Dislikes lime.
Hardiness: Tolerant to -10°C.
Exposure: Semi-shade to full sun.


Properties and uses:
Spectacularly and abundantly flowering from May to June, except for the cultivar ‘Winter Cheer’ which flowers much earlier between December and April.
This shrub takes its name from a number of beneficial therapeutic uses that are made using the leaves. One can appreciate the fragrance released by creasing the leaves.
This beautiful shrub is popularly used within a mixed wind break hedge or on banks, it also just as popular planted alone.
Bonsai enthusiasts like to use this species and the flowers make a beautiful bouquet.

List of Leptospermum:
Leptospermum 'humifusum', white blossom in spring, deep red stamen
Leptospermum 'Silver Sheen', white blossom in spring.

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