Ray Williams Tea-Tree
Leptospermum scoparium 'Ray Williams'
Ray Williams Tea-Tree flowers
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Height: 9 feet
Spread: 9 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Other Names: Manuka, New Zealand Tea-Tree
This drought tolerant plant makes a great hedge or utility plant on dry sites; attractive foliage and apple-blossom flowers; prune to avoid seed from spreading; flowering stems make nice cutflowers; not to be confused with Melaleuca, Tea-Tree
Ray Williams Tea-Tree is covered in stunning pink flowers along the branches from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive grayish green foliage. The small narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Ray Williams 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.
Ray Williams Tea-Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Ray Williams Tea-Tree will grow to be about 9 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 9 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 partial shade to 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.
Ray Williams 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.