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Leptospermum scoparium 'Ruby Glow'

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

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kbtoni 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!

Neutral reuter98 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.

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

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

Positive Opoetree 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.


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

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