Delicate Tea Trees: Leptospermum ‘Cardwell’

I love tea trees or Leptospermums, I’m not sure what it is about them that appeals to me so much. Perhaps their soft weeping foliage or the way they can get absolutely covered in flowers so much so that you can hardly see their leaves from a distance. And the flowers are showy, individually they are not much but en mass they cluster up and can be truly striking even if only white.

This is Leptospermum ‘Cardwell’ a bit of a 70s favourite but such a versatile plant even now, It can be shaped into a small weeping feature tree or used as a medium sized screen. Below you can see it so heaving with flowers it looks as if it is holding branches of snow. Like most Leptospermum species it is also a great bird-attracting species. P1070576Some of my other favourites are Leptospermum petersonii or the lemon scented tea tree in all it forms and cultivars, from 1 metre shrub through to the full tree. I also love Leptospermum laevigatum and the new little dwarf forms of this like Leptopermum ‘Fore Shore’, then theres the tea trees with the really punchy colours like ‘Pageant’ and the really useful ‘Mozzie Blocker’. But more about those later, just really wanted to show you how impressive Leptospermums can be in flower for now.

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