Silver Tea Tree: Leptospermum brachyandrum ‘Silver’

This has been my favourite Tea tree for a few years now, it is Leptospermum brachyandrum ‘Silver’ and for the first time I saw some more mature specimens when I visited Cranbourne Botanic Gardens in January. I was overjoyed as I have two in my garden that are only head height so far and three in a neighbours garden that are getting there but not quite looking like a small tree yet!

These ones have been planted in clusters or groups on a steep exposed hill and they aren’t all that old either, I’d say they will be getting another few metres on them.

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Aren’t they beautiful? soft silvery leaves with an interesting peeling bark that reveals a smooth white trunk underneath.
They will grow in part shade to full sun and will withstand drought but really prefer a little extra water.

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Above you can see them in full flower, thousands of tiny white flowers sit atop the stem, great for honey eaters and small insect eating birds. They look good when underplanted with Poa spps. and carpeting ground covers. Sometimes they can be a little difficult to get hold of at certain times of year so a little planning and patience helps.

 

3 thoughts on “Silver Tea Tree: Leptospermum brachyandrum ‘Silver’

  1. luc bernard on

    Hello… I have a boggy wet area that has clay soil. Whilst researching what would be best to plant I came across Leptospermum brachyandrum ‘Silver’. I was wondering if you think this plant will suit my boggy clay section, and also if you know where I can source them from. I am near Murwillumbah in northern NSW. Many thanks. Luc

  2. Kath Gadd on

    Hi Luc,

    Is the spot you are describing always wet? or just temporary inundation? If its just temporary then I think the Leptospermum brachyandrum ‘Silver’ would work well there, otherwise you might like to try something like Banksia robur?

    Good luck,

    Kath

  3. Would like to purchase this delightful small tree leptospermum brachyandrum Silver tea tree . Live in Mildura . If you have it available could you forward me costs etc Thank you 😊 Elsie

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