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Leptospermum scoparium

  • Common Name
    Tea Tree, ‘Ruby Glow’
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Tree
  • Size
    3’ - 6’ X 4’ - 8’
  • Flower Color
    White to Red and Many Shades of Pink
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Gray-green, needle-like
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Seldom Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    N / A
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Tender
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Moderate
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Loam
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Protect from frost.  Shaggy gray bark.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    Easy care, good in arrangements, native to Australia. Add leaf mold to acidify PH, and break up clay soil.  Water for the first year, low water usage. 

  • Varietals

    Ruby Glow’, ‘Gaiety Girl’,’ Pink Pearl’ are double flowered varieties

    L. Laevigatum, grows to 30’, L. rotundifolium grows to 9’  - ‘Mannings Choice’