SelecTree: Tree Detail
NEW ZEALAND TEA TREE
Photo Locations: Berkeley, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Small and compact. Rarely in tree form. Many varieties are sold as garden plants.
Native to New Zealand and South Eastern Australia.
Additional Common Names
NEW ZEALAND TEA TREE, MANUKA
Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 10 feet.
Width: 10 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Linear, Medium to Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. White, Pink or Red. 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 Light Green or Light Gray or Brown, Exfoliating or Scaly.
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 - 10.
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.
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 scoparium Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 19, 2018.
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