Magnify glass

Leptospermum scoparium Winter Cheer

Tea Tree

reddish foliage and deep red flowers in spring

This upright evergreen shrub is grown for its bright burgundy stems that contrast with the small light green leaves. Bright red flowers appear in spring.


Find a bright, sheltered spot with sun or part shade. It is tender in frost. Plant in a large container for a striking effect, and moved inside over the winter.


It will well in moist but well-drained soil of any type.

This shrub is a native of New Zealand.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 120 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 115 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site City garden, Courtyard garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September