Leptospermum laevigatum ‘Fore Shore’ – Tea Tree

This is a very tough plant with grey-green foliage and bronze coloured new growth. It is a great new alternative as a hedge or informal screen plant for difficult conditions, such as coastal areas. ‘Fore Shore’ is a compact form of the Australian native Coastal Tea Tree that thrives in conditions that would kill many hedge plants. It is drought tolerant but should be watered in well during the first couple of months after planting. The breeders of this variety, Native Plant Wholesalers in Mt Gambier, South Australia have never seen this variety flower in the many years since its release and they believe the variety to be sterile, however, it is the foliage and growth habit that really define this plant. Leptospermum ‘Fore Shore’ is ideal for difficult sites such as coastal plantings, poolside landscapes, roadside verges, parks and other public spaces. Works well in narrow or small spaces such as patios and courtyards. A great native alternative to English box.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Leptospermum laevigatum
Cultivar:Fore Shore
Common Name:Tea Tree
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Groundcover, Border plant
Special Uses:Bonsai, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Lizards

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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