Thursday, 11 December 2014

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 97 - PEACH BLOSSOM TEATREE

Leptospermum squarrosum is an upright shrub, varying in height from 1-3m and is native to sandstone areas of the coast and adjacent Plateaus of mid-New South Wales. It has proved to be an extremely hardy shrub, tolerant of both well-drained and damp conditions, and is thus recommended for new gardens or exposed positions. It makes an excellent informal hedge or windbreak and is salt-resistant.

Leaves are stiff, triangular and sharply pointed, being held alternatively and at right angles to the stem, hence its specific name. The flowers have five petals, mostly a delicate shade of pink, paling to white on the outer rim and base. Pure white and much deeper pink forms (shown here) do exist. Flowers are 16 mm in diameter (about the size of a 5c coin) and give the plant its common name of Peach Blossom Teatree. Bees love to forage on the flowers.

Flowering begins in autumn and persists through winter, sometimes even into spring. Its colour can therefore be appreciated when little else is flowering in the garden. For best flowering results, L. squarrosum should be planted in full sun, with good drainage, and watered well during dry spells. As flowering occurs on two to three-year-old wood pruning will be at the expense of future seasons' flowers. Normally pruning will not be necessary, because of the dense habit of this species.

Propagation by tip cuttings should be done in early autumn before frost tips the new growth. Hormone treatment will assist the cutting's ability to produce roots and is strongly recommended. Powdered hormones can be readily obtained commercially. For propagation by seed, select older seed capsules from low down on the stems and store in a warm place in a paper bag until the seed is released. Sow the seed in spring and prick the seedling out when it is large enough to handle.

This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Winged meme,
and also part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.





5 comments:

  1. that tree is quite amazing. Love it. I bet the birds like it!
    And, yes, you were at the right meme. :)

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  2. Amazing shrub! I love pink color !

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  3. Lovely flowers on this certainly valuable shrub!

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  4. I love the close up with the bee.

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  5. Lovely! I like the closeup too. It's very interesting to see plants that grow in other parts of the world.

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