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..
A collection from Mount Imlay in New South Wales of an expected hardier form of the species. Prickly needle-like leaves on a multi-stemmed shrub with white flowers although light pink flowers have been reported in that location. Ours is white so that takes the guesswork out. This should be fine in milder gardens here in the Puget Sound and can take poorly drained situations. Deer do not find this tasty.
Woolly Tea Tree. This Tasmanian is one of the best silver-leafed evergreens for our area. A great cold hardy form which has sparkling 1" white flowers in early summer and aromatic foliage when bruised. Not that you are going to bruise it unless you are simply overcome by delight down the line and you find yourself giving it a bear hug which is perfectly socially acceptable. Good drainage and not overly rich soils. Deer find it distasteful.
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 very new plant to us and the first introduction in the US of this selection. We got cuttings from a friend in The Netherlands who is a rabid collector and he was very excited tosend us cuttings. This is a hardy Tasmanian species and with typically white flowers but the name implies this may be pink or it could be referring to the pink stems - we'll have to ask!
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