Australian Tea Tree

Leptospermum laevigatum

Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian Tea Tree) - full view

Full view

Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian Tea Tree) - leaves

Foliage detail

Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian Tea Tree) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 10-30'; Spread: 10-30'

  • Growth:

    Slow to moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; irregular canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dull, gray-green, 1", oval leaves.

  • Flower:

    1/2-1" white, 5-petaled flowers in spring.

  • Fruit:

    Persistent, 1/4" leathery, dehiscent capsules, green to brown.

  • Bark:

    Dull green to gray, twisting, exfoliating, deeply furrowed bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Early pruning will train a good shape; regular pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), loam or sandy soils, some shade, coastal conditions, medium winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Also grows as a horizontal shrub, so needs to be properly pruned to shape into a tree form.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Commonly seen in Golden Gate Park as a shrub with twisted, interesting trunks.