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New Zealand Tea Tree, New Zealand Tea Bush, Manuka 'Ruby Glow'

Leptospermum scoparium

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



Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Sao Paulo,

Livermore, California

Mountain View, California

Oak View, California

San Diego, California

Yuba City, California

Belleview, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Sebastian, Florida

Milford, New Jersey

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2016, Marytots from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Does anyone know where I can buy this tree online? I saw seeds for sale on Ebay. I saw a Youtube video about the tree from a nursery in No. California so it seems to be sold in the US. I'm in New Mexico. Thanks!


On Sep 12, 2011, Kbtoni from Milford, NJ wrote:

I bought my Australian Tea Rose from Well Sweep Herb Farm last year. I have been successful in keeping it moist and alive as an indoor plant in the winter.I place it outside in full sun all spring and summer until the first frost. The blooms are deep pink and beautiful in very early spring. The trick is to NEVER let it dry out or you will lose it. The owner's of Well Sweep have been growing them for year and are very knowledgeable about how to care for them. I just love the challenge!


On Mar 27, 2009, reuter98 from Livingston, TX wrote:

I saw this plant, or similar variety of New Zealand Tea at Cornelius Nursery in Houston, TX this month.


On Feb 10, 2009, Ans from Talking Rock, GA wrote:

The plant does not grow in GA.
I am looking for a plant.


On May 23, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

We have quite a few of these plants growing in my area. Some of them are large and flower profusely...very attractive. During the winter months, the one behind my house displays almost brownish-colored leaves...but in the spring the lovely blossoms appear and the leaves brighten considerably. It is a charming and somewhat unusual plant. I have seen various colors of the blossoms...mine are of the deep rosy pink variety.