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Leptospermum scoparium (Nanum Group) 'Kiwi' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Bronze and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

tea tree 'Kiwi'

Family

Myrtaceae


Leptospermum are aromatic evergreen shrubs or small trees with small, often silky leaves and 5-petalled flowers in late spring and summer

'Kiwi' is a dwarf evergreen shrub with neat bronze-tinged foliage and dense habit, to 1m tall, with deep pink flowers 10mm wide, freely produced in late spring and early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free