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Leptospermum scoparium 'Burgundy Queen'

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leptospermum (lep-toh-SPER-mum) (Info)
Species: scoparium (sko-PAIR-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Burgundy Queen


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CastIronPlant22 On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I LOVE THIS TEA TREE, my friend has one that is actually a TREE! its huge as her house, and its this same color. I love this color the best, i dont care too much for the white or pinkish color. They tend to be frost tender and die when hit with frost. I have lost a few, but the one i have now was bought in a five gallon and now is 2 years old, and is doing great! The flowers are small, but when its in bloom, the whole plant looks burgundy!!! Its great!

Neutral vossner On Sep 19, 2005, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have this variety planted inground, AM sun, afternoon shade. Growing as a shrub. My experience is that it likes water, I would not consider this a xeric plant! Beautiful burgundy double flower. I rated it neutral because, as a shrub, it tends to look ratty and you have to be very careful in the way you trim it, else you'll have a huge gap before you realize it.


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

Corning, California
Crockett, California
Lompoc, California
Johns Island, South Carolina
Richmond, Texas
Victoria, Texas

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