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Agonis

Myrtaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

These handsome Australian natives, relatives of Leptospermum and Melaleuca, are very tolerant of different soil types and watering practices.

Agonis flexuosa ‘Jervis Bay Afterdark’ (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)
Agonis flexuosa ‘Jervis Bay Afterdark’ (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)

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Agonis flexuosa

One of the best small trees for California gardens where temperatures stay above 27°F (–3°C). Will freeze to the ground at 25°F (–4°C) but may come back from a stump if not severely frozen. This spreading, medium-fast grower reaches 25–35 ft. tall and 15–25 ft. wide; narrow, willowlike leaves to 6 in. long densely clothe the weeping branches. Leaves smell like peppermint when crushed. In late spring, small white flowers bloom profusely. Use it in a lawn, train it as an espalier, or plant it in a large container. ‘Jervis Bay Afterdark’ grows slowly to about 18 ft. tall and 10–15 ft. wide and has beautiful burgundy foliage. ‘Jedda’s Dream’ has the same colorful foliage but is dwarf and bushy, to just 9 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. ‘Nana’ is like the species, but grows just 3–4 ft. tall and twice as wide; its new leaves are bright red.

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