Tea Tree, New Zealand (Leptospermum scopari), packet of 50 seeds

$4.95

Family: Myrtle (Myrtaceae)

Hardy to Zones 7 to 11

(Manuka) Perennial evergreen shrub to small tree, growing to 10 feet tall, native to highland Tasmania, New Zealand and New South Wales in Australia.  Comely plant produces a dense early summer display of blossoms colored white and tinged with red.  Traditional usage (native NZ):  stimulating rub for treating rheumatism and muscular pain.  Bees visit the flowers and then make manuka honey, which is famed worldwide as a tasty medicinal honey, also used externally for treatment of burns, staph infections and sores that are slow to heal.  Sow in spring, in the warm greenhouse, or anytime under lights.  Sprinkle tiny seed on top of potting soil and tamp in, then keep warm and evenly moist until germination, which takes 2 to 3 weeks.
50 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMOs

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  1. Question

    Ron (verified owner)

    You have the hardiness zone listed as 7-11 for Tea Tree, is this correct? Most sources I’ve referenced list this plant as US zones 9-11. I’d like to grow Tea Tree near my apiary but since it’s in zone 7a on the east coast I’m wondering if it will survive or not… Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Actually most list this as a zone 8 minimum which is consistent with my experience seeing it growing very heartily on the oregon coast. You might be a bit cold for it–if you plant in sand and give a sand mulch I’ve found they overwinter much more reliably. I have a big one in one of my zone 7 gardens. richo

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    Gina

    I noticed the common name Manuka. Is this the plant from which bees extract the nectar to make Manuka honey?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Gina,
      Yes, absolutely, sourceplant for manuka honey!
      Richo

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    • verastar

      Hi! I see the various traditional usages, ban anyone advise which parts of the plant are used? Flowers, leaves, calyx, stems?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      the leaves

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    • Lydia

      How long does this take to grow from seed into a potted shrub? Here in Ithaca NY this would have to be grown indoors, but it would be a fun potted plant to have. Or maybe it wouldn’t thrive unless it had a nice southern window. Do these give off the tea tree smell from their pots?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      These reach potted cuteness relatively quickly.

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