Kunzea ambigua – Tick Bush

An attractive medium sized shrub, it has fine leaves and abundant flowering in spring. Each flower is relatively small, consisting of bundles of stamens, giving a delicate look. They are white to cream, borne in profusion, and are attractive to bees and small nectar loving birds and marsupials. It occurs in the wild from northern NSW down to Tasmania, near the coast. It grows from 1 to 5 metres tall, and 1 to 3 metres wide, and is good for screening, informal hedging and for low maintenance areas. It responds well to pruning, which can be done after flowering and in autumn. It is rarely troubled by pests or disease, apart from webbing caterpillars, which can be controlled by picking them off and binning.

Scientific Name:Kunzea ambigua
Common Name:Tick Bush
Other Common Names:Poverty Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 5 metre
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak, Fragrant
Special Uses:Fragrant oils, Bonsai, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects



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