Leptospermum Scoparium Pink Queen is an evergreen shrub with single pretty pink flowers. It’s perfect for a sunny border and is loved by bees. Leptospermums are more commonly known as Tea Tree or Manuka shrubs. They are related to myrtles and native to New Zealand and Australia but grow in the northern hemisphere too if well sheltered.
Pink Queen is popular for its delicate five-petalled single flowers with burgundy centres that cover the bush in May to July. Flowers mature into woody capsules containing the seeds. The evergreen foliage of pink queen is needle-like and dark green. When rubbed it is soft and aromatic. Birds enjoy its shelter and pollinators adore the easily-accessed single flowers. 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 Pink Queen Tea Tree Pink Queen will grow to a maximum of three metres in height and spread. If you prefer a more compact form choose its cousin Tea Tree Red Damask.
How Hardy Is Leptospermum Scoparium Pink Queen Tea Tree Pink Queen is hardy through most of the UK, but it needs a sheltered, well-drained spot that’s free from frost pockets to thrive. It’s drought tolerant once established and rarely bothered by pests.
How To Use Leptospermum Scoparium Pink Queen This is a great choice for a warm, sunny border where it brings height, year-round colour and a huge splash of pink in the spring. It thrives in sheltered gravel garden and will grow in a large well-watered container too. Pink Queen 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.
How To Care For Leptospermum Scoparium Pink Queen Leptospermum Scoparium Pink Queen needs a sunny spot to thrive. It is not fussy about soil type if it’s is sheltered and warm - against a sunny wall is perfect. Once established, Tea Tree Pink Queen 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.