Pencil Pine. Very interesting conifer from the highlands of Tasmania where it is threatened due to fires and degradation of habitat from grazing and too many Eucalyptus. The leaf scale are tightly appressed to the stem so the green branchlets do look very pencil-like. A moderate grower with old-growth trees 30'-60' but you won't have to worry about it - it takes a while.
Tasmanian Cherry Berry Vine. This is the uncommon red fruited form of an uncommon species. Less vigorous and more suited for a smaller vining situation but with ample sized deep red fruits persisting from summer well into winter. Evergreen and totally cool. Tubular pale chartreuse flowers.
Bottlebrush. Perhaps the hardiest clone enduring single digits with scarcely a whimper. (It may be whimpering but my own wails of despair drown all else out). Evergreen picking up russet tones in winter. Summer fuzzy red flowers on the stems. Deer Proof/drought tolerant.
From the venerable plant at the UW Arboretum comes this promising bottle brush. The plant at the UW has weathered every fluke weather event in the last 20 years and emerged unscathed. Narrowly yet densely upright with pale yellow-white bottle brush flowers and evergreen needley leaves.
Bottlebrush. This is a selected form of the cold hardy species and differs by having 5" bottlebrushes of PURPLE flowers. This would thrive against a hot south wall and will tolerate a range of soils as long as they drain well. Evergreen and so far not munched by deer.
Snow Heath. This is an upright form of this often creeping alpine ericaceous small shrub. Basically, this a Tasmanian heather and quite uncommon in cultivation. Small leaves appressed to the stems with terminal clusters of small white flowers in summer. Thanks to ericad-daddy Steve Hootman for sharing
This has never had a speck of damage to it in the winter and in our opinion is one of the best broadleaf shrubs for our area. This is the straight species which we prefer over the various selections. Densely willowy with clusters of amber sheathed coral flowers Nov-May. Tough.
One of the hardiest of the Leptospermums which, in time and left alone, will achieve the appearance of a ruggedly handsome small tree. We say this in case you have control issues and mistake shearing for pruning in which case this will be a nice dense ball. Or square. Or blob. Evergreen, nice white flowers, deer-proof, drought tolerant. Thanks to Leptophiliac Ian Barclay for sharing this..
Evergreen alpine Aussie growing in the same habitat as Snow Gums. This has billowy gray-green foliage and 1" white flowers borne on last year's wood. With age the bark exfoliates and reveals a very shiny trunk which adds to the allure. Sun, good drainage, dryish and phooey to the deer.
One of the hardiest Leptospermums, this creeping form is from the alpine areas of Tasmania and has grown for many years at the Arboretum in Seattle. Evergreen leaves with small white flowers, this would be a shame not to have it in the rock garden and a greater shame not to have it spilling over a wall.
A graceful thin-leaved evergreen shrub from Australia which has not been even slightly damaged by our occasional winter lows to 10F. Great texture and the profuse white clove-scented flowers in midsummer sends our various bee species into a frenzy of nectar and pollen gathering! Phosphorous sensitive so skip the fertilizer.
If you have a very mild garden, this is worth every effort to cultivate. Related to Chilean Embothrium, this SE Aussie similarly will rock your world when it flowers. A dense crown of 35-60 crimson flowers are packed together like a fair dinkum hummingbird buffet. This has grown and flowered on Bainbridge Island and thrives in Brookings Oregon. Ixnay on the phosphorous
Cute little shrublet in the Ericaceae from the montane flora of Tasmania. This was first collected by Robert Brown in 1802 from Mt Wellington and is among the hardier of the Tasmanian plants. Rather like an upright heather in appearance, this has terminal fuchsia-pink/red flowers followed by bluish fruit.