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New Zealand Tea Tree
Scientific Name: Leptospermum scoparium Forst. & Forst.
Family: Myrtaceae
New Zealand Tea Tree (Leptospermum  scoparium)
'Crimson Glory'
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 14-24,26
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 30F (-1C)

Heat Tolerance: Does better with afternoon shade in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Tasmania, New Zealand, Australia (New South Wales)

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or small tree, up to 10 feet tall (3 m)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, needs good drainage

Propagation: Semi hardwood in summer.

The most popular variety 'Crimson Glory' is smaller (up to 6 feet tall - 1.8 m) and more frost sensitive than the species.

New Zealand Tea Tree (Leptospermum  scoparium)

Cultural Practices:
The Tea tree needs careful pruning, since mature wood does not have live buds. If you trim back to older wood, it will not grow back. In general, a light pruning after the flowering period is what is suggested.
It will grow better in a slightly acid soil, and because its roots are close to the surface, soil disturbance should be avoided.

Blooming Habits:
Heavy blossom of white to red flowers in early spring to early summer.

Fruiting Habits:

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