Leptospermum sericeum family MYRTACEAE
Rounded shrub to 2 m high by 1.5 m diameter with silvery-grey, obovate leaves to 1&endash;2 cm long. Pink flowers to 2 cm diameter occur in spring. A red form of this species was reported several years ago from the islands to the south of WA. The author has not seen this form in cultivation.
Propagation From seed or cuttings.
Cultivation See note on genus. Probably the best of the WA Leptospermum spp. and a profuse flowerer. Requires excellent drainage and full sun. Does not flower well in the subtropics.
- Frost-hardy. (Plants given an this rating will tolerate frosts to -7°C in conditions of normal rainfall.)
- Recommended for their foliage.
- May be used as features.
- Resistant to salt spray.
Conservation Status: 2KC-
by Wrigley & Fagg, Reed Books, 1996