Leptospermum scoparium. MANUKA, NEW ZEALAND TEA TREE. New Zealand, Australia
MYRTACEAE (Myrtle family)
Famous as the progenitor of some dozens of popular garden shrubs, the manuka tea tree itself has white flowers. The cultivars, some of which have double flowers, range in flower color through pinks to extreme deep reds and may have bronze foliage. The leaves are little more than prickles about ½ inch long. Some of the many available varieties were developed in New Zealand and some have originated in other places, including California (e.g. 'Ruby Glow'). There are four dozen white doubles on the south side of the service station at Serra Street and Campus Drive East, planted as a screen, and another white-flowering group at the southeast corner of Kimball Hall. Cultivars are popular in the faculty housing area. See red ones at 837 Cedro Way, 824 Tolman Drive, and 691 Mirada Avenue. Pink varieties are at 680 Salvatierra Street and 817 Pine Hill Road (with red). The deep-pink flowered, medium-high cultivar 'Helene Strybing' was planted in August 2006 as part of the new landscaping for the renovated Bldg 505, Lasuen Mall.
Illustrations (links open new windows): habit |Additions/Revisions: locations of goundcover type: Clock Tower, with cilician fir; Meyer Library east side circle, with Arbutus 'Marina'.
Name derivation, genus | speciesRelated material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library