Classification, origin and description
Common name: Leptospermum.
provenance: Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.
Genre description: includes some species of evergreen shrubs suitable for cultivation in maritime and temperate areas.
Leptospermum scoparium (photo website)
Leptospermum flavescens (photo http://gardendrum.com)
Flowers of Leptosperum flavescens variety Pink Cascade (photo www.gardensonline.com.au)
Species and varieties
Leptospermum flavescens: white-flowered shrub, up to three meters high, native to Australia and Tasmania.
Leptospermum scoparium: round-shaped shrub with twisted branches, up to 5 meters high, originating in Australia and New Zealand; it blooms in June-July, in white, pink or red flowers depending on the variety.
Environmental requirements, substrate, fertilizations and special precautions
Temperature: in the North they need protection against frost (good straw coverage on the whole plant); some varieties have proved rustic even in colder climates.
Light: sunny exposure.
Watering and environmental humidity: regular.
Substrate: well-drained soil, even poor, both calcareous and acid.
They reproduce by seed, in a warm greenhouse in spring, or by semi-mature wood cutting, in late summer.