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Leptospermum rotundifolium ‘Manning's Choice’ (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)
Leptospermum rotundifolium ‘Manning's Choice’ (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)

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Leptospermum rotundifolium ‘Manning's Choice’

Tea Tree
Myrtaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Flowers

LEPTOSPERMUM

Native to Australia and 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 are typically white, pink, or red.

Leptospermum rotundifolium ‘Manning's Choice’

Grows to 6 ft. tall and slightly wider, with spreading, arching branches. Tiny roundish leaves. Spring flowers to 1 in. across arel avender-pink. Extremely showy in bloom but has a shorter flowering period than L. scoparium.

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