Real World Gardener NEW Tea Tree in Plant of the Week

May 19th, 2016

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Leptospermum laevigatum Foreshore


Leptospermum laevigatum Foreshore photo PMA

Some native plants can grow in next to nothing soil, on rocky outcrops, be battered by salt laden winds and receive almost no water, but still keep on growing.

These plants have developed tactics to keep surviving in such harsh conditions so when you transfer them to your garden, they’re practically low maintenance.

Let’s find out about this new low native shrubs.

I'm talking with the plant panel: Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal  and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.


2.5 year old tea tree hedge. photo PMA

Leptospermum laevigatum Foreshore, grows to only 50 cm in height and is of course a tea tree. A native alternative to box hedges and is perfect for low hedge planting because not only are the plants tough but you won’t have to keep pruning them every couple of weeks to keep them to size.



 Once established it is reasonably dry tolerant requiring only occasional deep watering during extended periods of heat.

Tea trees can be planted in most soil types that are well draining.Best grown in full sun but will tolerate part shade.

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