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New Zealand Tea Tree

Leptospermum scoparium

Also known as

Broom Teatree, Manuka, Tea Tree Wit Teebos, Teebos (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

5m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Overview

These lovely shrubs love acid soil and should be planted with acid compost and mulched with pine needles. A popular garden choice used mainly for its attractive and finely textured foliage and the ornamental flowers. The foliage is aromatic and releases the classic tea tree smell when agitated.

Common problems

Very prone to attack by webbing caterpillars.

    Harvesting

    Harvest seeds during major peak of fruit formation in late winter-spring and in autumn.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Seeds are light, wind-dispersed and numerous. Seeds germinate in bare patches in nature. Seeds germinate readily and should be shallow.

    Cuttings

    Cultivars must be cutting-grown to retain clonal properties. Take softwood cuttings during spring.

    Special Features

    Hedge plant

    Suitable for hedges as it has good wind-resistance.

    Uses

    Medicinal

    It is antibacterial and antifungal and most of the plant is used medicinally by Maori's, indigenous tribes and peoples of New Zealand.

    Edible

    The smoke of the wood is used to flavour chicken and meats. The bark is chewed to relax and improve sleep.

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