Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees
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 laevigatum
Large shrub or small tree 10 to 30 ft. high and wide, with oval or teardrop-shaped, dull green to gray-green leaves to 1 in. long. Blooms in spring, bearing white flowers to 1/2 in. across. Solitary plants allowed to grow to full size develop picturesque character, with shaggy, gray-brown, muscular-looking trunks that twist and curve gracefully, reach 2 ft. across at base. Handsome branches range out from trunk and carry canopies of finely textured foliage; some weeping branches hang down from the foliage canopies. To make a windbreak, screen, or clipped hedge, set the plants 3 to 6 ft. apart, depending on ultimate size of selection.
Ground cover native to South Africa. Forms a tight mat 2 to 3 in. high, spreading slowly by offsets to...
Shrub. To 6–9 ft. tall and spreading 10–15 ft. wide, with finely divided, bright greenleaves. Masses o...
Variable, but all forms are dense growers with half-inch-long gray leaves. ‘Billywing‘, to...