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AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE
Photo Locations: Alameda Plazas, Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden - Santa Barbara, CA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Disneyland - Anaheim, CA and San Diego, CA
Australian Tea Tree is an attractive shrub or multi-trunked tree, becoming a graceful specimen when its lower branches are trimmed away to expose the picturesque trunks. The foliage is quite pleasing and used in bouquets. It is ideal for a temperate dry setting, where it usually attains less height, and it becomes quite durable after it becomes established. It may require regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain its height below 25'. Best near the coast.
Used as an ornamental or display tree. the dried leaves can be used to make tea.
WRA score 11, NA; Cal-IPC (California Invasive Plant Council) classifies the invasiveness of this plant as watch.
Native to Eastern Australia.
A Leptospermum laevigatum in Los Angeles is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 15 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 84 inches and a crown spread of 18 feet.
Additional Common Names
AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE, COASTAL TEA TREE
Spreading or Weeping with a Low Canopy.
Rounded or Spreading Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 10 - 30 feet.
Width: 10 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oval, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Light Green or Light Gray, Exfoliating or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 14 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland and on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Chlorosis, Armillaria and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Leptospermum laevigatum Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jul 11, 2020.
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