Tea-Trees (Leptospermum)

Shrubs and small trees with fine sometimes prickly leaves, that are aromatic when crushed. Flowers are small, with 5 petals and generally prolific, with colours ranging from white to pink. The name "Tea-Tree" comes from the practice of settlers steeping the leaves in hot water to make tea.

Photo by: Brian Walters

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Tantoon - Leptospermum polygalifolium

Size Small tree or shrub 3-7m, with aromatic leaves

Soil Sandy well drained soil

Location Full sun to partial shade

Flowering Late spring and Summer


Prickly tea-tree - Leptospermum juniperinum

Very hardy. Moderate growth rate 1-2m. clay and poorly drained soils. White, or rarely pink, Oct-Jan.