New Zealand Tea Tree

Leptospermum scoparium

Leptospermum scopariumfull (New Zealand Tea Tree) - full view

Full view

Leptospermum scopariumfull (New Zealand Tea Tree) - flowers

Foliage view

Leptospermum scopariumfull (New Zealand Tea Tree) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 6-15'; Spread: 3-6'

  • Growth:

    Moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; rounded, erect form with upright, densely spreading canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Aromatic, 1/2", dark green, needle-like leaves.

  • Flower:

    Showy, 1/2-1" single or double flowers. Comes in white, pink, or red. Flowers all year, but profusely in spring.

  • Fruit:

    Persistent, 1/8-1/4" green to brown, round, dehiscent capsules.

  • Bark:

    Brown and gray, shaggy, with some peeling.

  • 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), any soil, some shade, coastal conditions, medium winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Susceptible to thrips and twig dieback. Do not prune into hardwood without active growth. Thrive in coastal conditions.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to New Zealand. Profuse, showy flowers in multiple colors.