Leptospermum flavescens ‘Cardwell’ – Tea Tree

A fast growing and versatile large shrub that can be used for screening, informal hedging or shaped into a small weeping feature tree. It flowers profusely in late winter to late spring, and the branches get masses of small white flowers, looking like they are snow covered. Grows naturally to 2 metres high and wide, but can be pruned to smaller sizes if needed. It is attractive even when not in flower, with a beautiful weeping habit, and the leaves are aromatic when crushed. Likes well drained soil. suits sunny to partly shaded spots, but best flowering is with more sun. A good waterwise plant, moderately frost tolerant once established, easy care.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Leptospermum flavescens
Cultivar:Cardwell
Common Name:Tea Tree
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Width:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Fragrant, Attractive foliage, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Fragrant oils, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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