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Agonis Genus

Willow myrtle

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Agonis genus (Willow myrtle). These are evergreen, mainly spring-flowering shrubs and trees. The leaves are narrow and dark green and smell strongly of peppermint or eucalyptus. The bark of mature branches and or trunks is fibrous and brown. The flowers are produced in small attractive white blooms.

The genus name comes from the Greek word 'agon', meaning 'gathering' or 'collection' which refers to the way the flowers are clustered together.

Characteristics

Woody perennials, Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Myrtle

Origin

Western Australia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, flowers and graceful appearance.

Cultivation

They are frost tender with min of 10C. They will need full light and well drained but moisture retentive soil. Pruning is tolerated when necessary.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects and red spider mites under glass.

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