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Broom tea-tree

Leptospermum scoparium, commonly called mānuka or broom tea-tree, is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family Myrtaceae, native to Australia and New Zealand. 

It is a prolific scrub-type tree and is often one of the first species to regenerate on cleared land. It is typically a shrub growing to 2–5 m (7–16 ft) tall, but can grow into a moderately sized tree, up to 15 m (49 ft) or so in height. It is evergreen, with dense branching and small leaves 7–20 mm (0.28–0.79 in) long and 2–6 mm (0.079–0.24 in) broad, with a short spine tip. The flowers are white, occasionally pink, 8–15 mm (0.31–0.59 in) (rarely up to 25 mm (0.98 in)) in diameter, with five petals. The wood is tough and hard.

Easyli grown in acidic, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Provide regular irrigation during the summer.


  • Category Grevillee & Leptospermum
  • Families Myrtaceae
  • Genus Leptospermum
  • Species scoparium
  • Geographical Area of Origin Oceania
  • Climatic Zones Mediterranean: South and islands, hills. USDA 10 a
  • Habit Shrub
  • Leaves Evergreen
  • Colore Foglie Rosso   Verde
  • Flowering Period February / March / April / May / June
  • Flower Simple/double flower
  • Colore Fiori Rosa   Bianco   Rosso
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium
  • Light Exposure Medium shade / Half shade / Full light / Full sun
  • Form Tree / Grown as shrub / bush
  • Colore Frutti Marrone
  • Parfumed yes
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