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Snow Flurry Tea-Tree

Leptospermum scoparium 'Snow Flurry'

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Snow Flurry Tea-Tree (Leptospermum scoparium 'Snow Flurry') at Roger's Gardens

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree flowers

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree flowers

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Snow Flurry Tea-Tree (Leptospermum scoparium 'Snow Flurry') at Roger's Gardens

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree in bloom

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Manuka, New Zealand Tea-Tree


A stiffly, upright shrub that shows good drought tolerance; it makes a great hedge or utility plant; attractive foliage and large, white double flowers; prune to avoid seed from spreading; flowering stems are great for cutting

Ornamental Features

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree is covered in stunning white flowers with lime green eyes and a dark red ring along the branches from early spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive coppery-bronze-tipped dark green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The small narrow leaves are highly ornamental and turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Snow Flurry Tea-Tree makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features