Native to Australia and New Zealand, this is a compact, evergreen, very twiggy, rounded bush with aromatic leaves (when crushed), often silver-hairy when young, and bearing a profusion of white or pink-tinged flowers in late summer & early summer.
Attractive to bees, they give way to small woody capsules containing tiny seeds that hang on for a long time after the petals drop.
As will be gathered from its common name, the fresh, pungent leaves make a very agreeable tea. It grows up to 2.4m high x 2m wide.
- Suitable for heavy shade
- Frost-hardy (will tolerate frosts to -7°C in conditions of normal rainfall)
- Suitable hedge or screen plants
Manuka Tea Tree grows well in fertile, slightly acidic soil. Its planting site also needs good drainage. The plant is fairly tolerant of poor soil, though it doesn't like heavy soil. You can amend heavy soil with some peat moss or sand to improve its drainage.
This plant typically doesn't have problems with pests and diseases.
Manuka honey, a popular honey for natural medicine, is produced from nectar that bees gather from this plant. Manuka honey is unique is because this bush contains strong antibacterial compounds found mostly in Leptospermum plants.
20 seeds per packet