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How to Grow and Care for New Zealand Tea Tree

The New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) is an evergreen shrub or small tree that features small, prickly, needle-like leaves, which are aromatic when crushed. In early summer, the plant sports showy single or double white, pink, or red blossoms that are. attractive to bees and other pollinators. In fact, manuka honey, a popular honey for culinary uses and alternative medicine, is produced from nectar that bees gather from this plant. .

This shrub is normally planted as a nursery container-grown or ball-and-burlap specimen in the fall or spring. It has a moderately slow growth rate tree, making it an excellent potted plant.

Mature Size 6– 10 ft. tall and wide (smaller cultivars also available)

Sun Exposure Full Soil Type Rich, medium moisture, well-draining Bloom Time June to July

A spacing of at least 10 feet apart is usually recommended for full-sized cultivars.


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