Leptospermum laevigatum, commonly known as Coast Tea-Tree, is a large evergreen shrub or small tree native to Australia’s east coast. It has a dense growth habit and can reach up to 5 metres in height. The foliage is dark green and the new growth is often bronze. In spring and early summer, it produces masses of white or pink flowers that attract bees and other pollinators. Coast Tea-Tree is an excellent plant for coastal gardens as it tolerates salt spray and windy conditions. It also makes an attractive hedge or screening plant and can be pruned to maintain its size and shape.
Height: Up to 5 m
Width: 4-5 m
Aspect: Prefers full sun to partial shade.
Flowers: Produces abundant white, pink or red flowers in spring and summer. The flowers are around 1 cm in diameter and attract bees and other pollinators.
Uses: Widely used in landscaping and as an ornamental plant. It is popular in coastal areas due to its tolerance for salt spray and sandy soils. The essential oils derived from the leaves and twigs are used in aromatherapy and as a natural antiseptic. The plant also has traditional medicinal uses among Indigenous Australians.