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Coastal Tea Tree
Scientific Name: Leptospermum laevigatum F. von Muell.
Family: Myrtaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 14-24,26
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 25F (-4C)

Heat Tolerance: Does better with afternoon shade in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern Australia (New South Wales, Victoria)

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or small tree, up to 20 feet tall (6 m); obovate grey-green leaves, about 0.8 inch long (2 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, needs good drainage

Propagation: Cuttings or seed

Resistant to salt-spray. Used to make hedges 7 to 10 feet tall (2-3 m).
The name of Tea Tree refers to its use as an herbal tea to avoid scurvy.

Blooming Habits:
Heavy blossom of cream flowers, 0.4 inch in diameter (1 cm), in early spring to early summer.

Fruiting Habits:

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