Small-Leaf Tristania

Tristaniopsis laurina (formerly Tristania laurina)

Tristaniopsis laurina (Small-Leaf Tristania) - full view

Full view

Tristaniopsis laurina (Small-Leaf Tristania) - leaves

Foliage detail

Tristaniopsis laurina (Small-Leaf Tristania) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-30'; Spread: 15'

  • Growth:

    Slow to moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; round form; dense canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Medium green, glossy, narrow leaves 4" long.

  • Flower:

    Small yellow, fragrant flowers, 1/4" across, in profuse clusters, bloom April-June.

  • Fruit:

    Small brown seed capsules, 1/4" across, form in summer and drop during winter windstorms.

  • Bark:

    Mottled, beige, or reddish brown 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 needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), poor drainage, any soil, gusty or cold winds, fog. Sun or shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    May become leggy in full shade.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to eastern Australia. Tough, low-maintenance tree. Develops into a formal-looking shape. Appropriate beneath overhead wires. Disease and pest resistant.