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Leptospermum 'Silver Sheen' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

tea tree 'Silver Sheen'

Family

Myrtaceae


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

'Silver Sheen' is an erect evergreen shrub, with small, softly hairy, silvery leaves on reddish shoots, and white flowers in mid summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Ideal for wall training

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 13-16°C (55-61°F) in autumn or spring; root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer

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

Usually trouble free

Diseases

Usually trouble free