New Zealand Tea Tree

14 Apr

New Zealand Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium), evergreen tree or shrub 8-15 ft. in height, twisted trunk and branches, red, pink or white flowers spring/summer, dark green foliage, full sun, drought tolerant once established, deer resistant.

Native to Australia, New Zealand. Called tea tree because Captain Cook brewed a tea from the leaves and gave it to his crew as a scurvy preventive. Substantial and useful plants year round; soft and casual looking (never rigid or formal). Most make a display of five-petaled single flowers (somewhat like tiny wild roses) along stems among the small leaves. Petals surround a hard central cone or cup that matures to a woody seed capsule that hangs on for a long time after the petals drop.

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