Leptospermum squarrosum family MYRTACEAE
(Syn. L. persiciflorum)
Erect shrub to 2.5 m high by 1.5 m across. Leaves are lanceolate, to 1.5 cm. Pale to deep pink flowers, on old wood, are profuse in autumn and winter.
Propagation From seed or cuttings. Cuttings should be used to preserve colour forms.
Cultivation See note on genus. Very hardy plant and a good off-season flowerer. Care should be taken when pruning, as heavy cutting will reduce the following year's flowers. Flowers well in the subtropics.
- Frost-hardy. (Plants given an this rating will tolerate frosts to -7°C in conditions of normal rainfall.)
- May be used as features.
- Resistant to salt spray.
by Wrigley & Fagg, Reed Books, 1996