Potted plants: Leptospermum, Leptospermum flavescens, Leptospermum scoparium

Potted plants: Leptospermum, Leptospermum flavescens, Leptospermum scoparium

Classification, origin and description

Common name: Leptospermum.
Kind: Leptospermum.

Family: Myrtaceae.

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

Flowers of Leptosperum flavescens variety Pink Cascade (photo

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.

Diseases, pests and adversities

Video: Native old looking bonsai trimming (January 2022).