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Agonis flexuosa

Peppermint tree

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height7m to 10m
  • Spread4m to 7m
  • Growth HabitUpright weeping
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourShiny dark green

Description

Agonis flexuosa (Peppermint tree). This is a tree with a pendulous habit, which will grow to about 9m tall. The leaves are narrow and shiny and give the impression of willow leaves. They give off a powerful peppermint scent when crushed or torn. It has red-brown bark with vertical fissures. In spring it produces long pendulous racemes of small white flowers, similar to those of the tea-tree.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

S.W. Australia

Interest and use

Grown for its habit and foliage, as well for fragrance.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilSandy, Loamy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterDry

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

By seed

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects and red spider mites under glass.

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