This is a very tough plant with grey-green foliage and bronze coloured new growth that is a great new alternative as a hedge or informal screen plant for difficult conditions such as coastal areas. ‘Shore Tuff’ 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. It produces profuse white flowers in spring. Tolerates salt spray, drought and limey soils.
|Scientific Name:||Leptospermum laevigatum|
|Common Name:||Tea Tree|
|Other Common Names:||Coastal Tea Tree|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||0.3 ~ 0.5 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 1.2 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, Cool, Semi-arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Mound-shaped|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Topiary, Border plant, Attractive foliage|
|Special Uses:||Bonsai, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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