SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Kula Botanical Garden - HI
Peppermint Tree is a very useful tree in temperate coastal areas as an evergreen specimen or shade tree. It tolerates heat but not extreme cold. Its attractive weeping character and dark green foliage are quite pleasing. It prefers moist, sandy soils. Stems have a distinct zig-zag characteristic. Branches may tend to break in very windy areas. It may eventually require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25'.
Has fragrant Leaf.
Native to Western Australia.
Additional Common Names
PEPPERMINT TREE, WILLOW MYRTLE
Spreading or Weeping with a Low Canopy.
Rounded or Vase Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 25 - 35 feet.
Width: 15 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate, Medium to Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Red Brown, Exfoliating or Furrowed.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 15 - 17 and 20 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered High.
Special Uses & Values
Street Tree or Screen.
Espalier or Hedged.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Agonis flexuosa Tree Record." 1995-2020. Feb 27, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/agonis-flexuosa >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI