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Chamelaucium uncinatum (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)
Chamelaucium uncinatum (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)

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Zones 8, 9, 12-24
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Moderate, Minimal

Chamelaucium uncinatum

Geraldton Waxflower
Myrtaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

This Australian native’s fragrant, bright green, needlelike leaves support showy sprays of white to reddish pink winter flowers that are cherished for arrangements. Grows to 4–6 ft. tall. Light and airy, loose and sprawling in appearance; looks somewhat like open-growing heather (Calluna). Very old plants have interesting twisted trunks and shaggy bark. Seedling plants vary; select in bloom to get the color you want. Named varieties include ‘Dancing Queen’ (double pink flowers, 6 ft. tall and wide); ‘White’ (white winter flowers); ‘Escondido Rose’ (also called ‘M1’; magenta flowers); and ‘Purple Pride’ (6–7 ft., deep rosy purple).

Plant on a dry, sunny bank or in fast-draining garden soil. Can take ocean exposure.

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