Leptospermum scoparium

New Zealand Tea Tree

There are many varieties you’re likely to come across for this plant depending on size, growth habit, and flower color.  Obviously a native of New Zealand this plant’s leaves can in fact be brewed into tea…although I’m told…not great tea.  Tea Trees have become more popular in recent years and can sometimes now be found in the Home Depots and Lowe’s of the world in addition to the more specialized nurseries.  Valued for their very showy flowers they make great plants for numerous uses.  Blooming profusely for long periods of the year the plant will become completely covered in small single or double flowers in bright reds, pinks, and white.  They can be used as accents to add a punch of color to the garden, as background plants, and they can also be trimmed and shaped as hedges or topiary to provide an interesting alternative to normal hedge plants with their flower color.  Anywhere from 3 feet to 8 feet tall they feature tiny, needle-like leaves that almost give them an evergreen look and a very fine texture.  As with all the other plants so far they are water conservative plants and are very hardy, able to take most soils, coastal conditions, and container planting easily.