Leptospermum Scoparium Alba is an aromatic evergreen shrub with single white flowers. It’s perfect for a sunny border and is loved by pollinators. Tea tree shrubs are related to myrtles and are native to New Zealand and Australia. In their native habitat, most tea trees are white so this is the closest match to a ‘wild tea tree’. Its evergreen foliage is small and needle-like with a pleasant scent when it’s rubbed. Tea Tree Alba keep its glossy appearance throughout the year in spring to early summer it flowers spectacularly covering the whole bush in single white five-petalled flowers that measure 12 mm in width. The flowers have a lime-green centre and mature into small capsules containing the seeds. This is a sun-loving shrub and will do best in a sunny, well-sheltered position. In colder northern climates it’s possible to grow tea tree shrubs in containers and shelter them in a greenhouse during the freezing months.
Height and Spread of Leptospermum Scoparium Alba Tea Tree Alba will grow to a maximum height of three metres and the same in spread.
How Hardy Is Leptospermum Scoparium Alba This is a tough shrub, but it needs a warm and well-sheltered spot to survive colder climates. Once established it’s drought tolerant and is rarely bothered by pests.
How To Use Leptospermum Scoparium Alba Tea tree Alba is resistant to coastal sprays on the warmer south coast and attracts plenty of pollinators to a wildlife-friendly garden. Plant near seating or open windows to appreciate the warm and pleasant scent of its foliage. This is a great choice for a warm, sunny border where it brings height, year-round colour and a stunning splash of white in spring. It thrives in sheltered gravel garden and will grow in a large well-watered container too.
How To Care For Leptospermum Scoparium Alba Leptospermum Scoparium Alba needs a sunny spot to thrive. It is not fussy about soil type if it’s is sheltered and warm so against a sunny wall is perfect. Once established Tea Tree Alba doesn’t need pruning but you can trim it back after flowering to retain the height and remove dead or broken branches. Water well until it's established and add a thick layer of mulch in springtime for extra nutrients and healthy growing season.