Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Leptospermum 'Pacific Beauty' is a form of Leptospermum flavescens originally selected from a wild population on the seaward side of Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland. The selection was made by Mr R Davidson of Eagle Heights Nursery, Southport, Queensland. The name refers to the ocean on whose shores it was found. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in July 1984. Registration applied for by Mr R Davidson of Surfers Paradise, Queensland
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a low growing, cascading form to 1.5m tall by 2-2.5m wide. The branches are very long and thin which adds to the cascading appearance when the branches are laden with flowers. The leaves vary between 10-15mm long by 1mm wide and are linear to narrow oblong in shape. The leaf tip is acute. The new growth, especially the branchlets, are pink in colour. Oil glands in the leaves are easily seen. The foliage is glabrous. The flower buds are pink and open to white and have a pale green centre. The flowers are from 20 to 30mm across and the flowering period (in Brisbane) is from August to October.
DIAGNOSIS: L. flavescens is a very variable species, but on average attains a height of ca. 4m. L. 'Pacific Beauty' was selected for its low growing habit and its prolific flowering.
CULTIVATION NOTES: This cultivar was brought into cultivation in the early 1970's and has since proved very popular. The plant has proven to be drought hardy. The application has indicated that it is frost hardy but is has been noted that young plants 15-20cm tall have been killed by -6 degrees C of frost. It is more tolerant of frost as it gets larger. This cultivar must be grown by vegetative means to preserve the cultivar form. A trademark was taken out for this plant (TM B269359).
PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: "Australian Native Plants" by J Wrigley and M Fagg published 1979 page 247.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966
petals: white group 155D
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC420, ACRA264/265/269, CBG8703948/8703949/8703953
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 20 October 1989