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Leptospermum scoparium 'Martini' in bloom
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 8 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Manuka, New Zealand Tea-Tree
A stiffly, upright shrub that shows good drought tolerance; it makes a great hedge or utility plant; attractive foliage and hot pink double flowers; prune to avoid seed from spreading; flowering stems make nice cutflowers
Martini Tea-Tree is covered in stunning pink frilly flowers with black eyes and a hot pink ring along the branches from mid fall to early spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive dark green foliage. The small narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Martini Tea-Tree is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Martini Tea-Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Martini Tea-Tree will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Martini Tea-Tree makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.
This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.