Leptospermum scoparium 'Ruby Glow'

New Zealand Tea Tree, Manuka

Leptospermum scoparium
Leptospermum scoparium 'Ruby Glow', New Zealand Tea Tree, Manuka
Zones 14-24, H1, H2
Full SunFull Regular WaterMinimal WaterModerate, Minimal
  • Description:


    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. Flowers typically white, pink, or red.

    Leptospermum scoparium ‘Ruby Glow’
    Leptospermum scoparium ‘Ruby Glow’
    Leptospermum scoparium

    Basic species is rarely seen, but its many varieties are valuable garden plants, most growing from 2 to 10 ft. tall and wide. Not as bold in form or as serviceable in hedges and screens as Leptospermum laevigatum, but its half-inch flowers are showier: single or double, in white, pink, or red, profuse in spring and summer. Branches densely set with needlelike green leaves, 1/4 to 1/2 in. long. Good in containers.

    'Ruby Glow'

    Compact, upright growth to 6–8 ft. tall, 4–5 ft. wide. Dark foliage and 3/4-in. double blooms in oxblood red; entire shrub looks red.


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