Leptospermum spectabile: is a member of the Myrtaceae family. The species name means remarkably spectacular and refers to the large, spectacular, dark red flowers that are about 2 centimetres across. They appear in spring. This species would have to be Australia’s most stunning Tea Tree.
Leptospermum spectabile is a small to medium shrub that reaches a maximum height of 3 metres. The aromatic, light green leaves are narrowly elliptical and up to 3.5 centimetre long.
Leptospermum spectabile would be an ideal addition to native garden beds.
Leptospermum spectabile is rare in nature and is only found along the Colo River, north-west of Sydney, where it grows amongst sandstone boulders on the river bank. This has given rise to a common name: Colo River Tea Tree. The area is protected within Wollemi National Park.
Although occurring naturally near water, this Tea Tree will survive and thrive in well-drained situations.
Leptospermum spectabile, once established, will cope with drought and frost.
The Colo River Tea Tree has potential as a cut flower. Pruning, after flowering, is appreciated.
The species was named in the mid 1980’s.
Leptospermum spectabile is one of the parents of several well-known hybrids including Leptospermum Aphrodite and Leptospermum Rudolph.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.