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Leptospermum rupestre (Prostrate tea tree)

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1 hour care
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Time to maturity
5-10 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Leptospermum rupestre

Other names: Prostrate tea tree

Genus: Leptospermum

Species: L. rupestre - L. rupestre is a spreading evergreen shrub with tiny, white flowers and fragrant, ovate leaves turning bronze or purple in late autumn.

Leptospermum rupestre is: Evergreen

Flower: White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage: Bronze, Purple in Winter; Dark-green in All seasons

Fragrance: Flowers and foliage are aromatic.

Habit: Spreading, Bushy, Prostrate

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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Pests: Generally pest-free.

Diseases: Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to

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Leptospermum rupestre (Prostrate tea tree) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Low Maintenance, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, City, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation: Plant in well-drained soil in a sun. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

Soil type: Sandy, Loamy, Clay, Chalky (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

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