Plant of the Week: Tea-trees
Leptospermums, commonly known as tea-trees, are a group of shrubs and small trees, most of which grow in the southern part of Australia, and many of which thrive in the south east of NSW.
They are an excellent revegetation plant, and many make beautiful specimen plants in the garden. Some species make excellent hedges if you’re after a screening plant which has a more natural look, however, they respond well to trimming as well.
Two in particular are great screening plants, Leptospermum grandifolium and Leptospermum lanigerum. We have used these around our nursery as a screening plant. They have a compact form, growing to between 3-4m.
Tea-trees flower in late spring on the Monaro and in the mountains. Most that occur naturally in our region have beautiful white flowers, however there are many attractive cultivars which have blooms from reds through to pinks which are also available and are beautiful in a garden situation.
We will have two of these ready for sale in January, Leptospermum Mesmer Eyes and Leptospermum Rudolph.