Australian Willow Myrtle, Peppermint Tree 'After Dark'

Agonis flexuosa

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agonis (AG-on-iss) (Info)
Species: flexuosa (fleks-yoo-OH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: After Dark

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bonsall, California

Clovis, California

Fairfield, California

Lemoore, California

Los Angeles, California

Sacramento, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 28, 2016, APS16 from Perth,
Australia wrote:

Have been checking out advice for growing Agonis afterdark as I've recently transferred mine from pot to ground and just thought I'd add a comment to the older posts. This is an Australian native and does not need any feeding (although you can get native plant food). If you do, it is likely to keel over, don't plant amongst ornamentals where it is likely to get run off.

Positive

On Mar 10, 2009, kings_gardener from Lemoore, CA wrote:

Purchased at the local Home Depot in spring of 2008. It overwintered here in the central San Joaquin valley very well. We had a few frosts and I didn't cover it. Looks best with regular pruning, otherwise it becomes leggy. Also, the leaves start to turn green when it's left in the shade for too long. In order to keep the gorgeous color, it must have sun.

Positive

On Jun 23, 2002, AustinBarbie from Harker Heights, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

An Australian native, Agonis flexuosa's After Dark cultivar has attractive, burgundy-colored foliage year-round. Tiny white flowers in spring stand out against dark foliage. Hardy weeping tree grows anywhere except tropics and cold-frost areas (needs a warm to hot climate). Needs good drainage. Light pruning improves looks.
Good points: fragrant foliage, also good in large pots, suitable for windy rooftops or seaside spots.
Downside: needs pruning

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