Manuka trees (Leptospermum Scotarium) can be found in New Zealand. These trees are multi-trunked and small, so they resemble more shrubs than trees. Many are called “tea tree” because European settlers first made tea with the leaves. The distinctive shredding bark of the trees and the long, narrow leaves make them recognizable. The spring blooms of manuka trees are characterized by a profusion reddish or white flowers. This temperate climate plant cannot withstand sustained freezing temperatures and can only be grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9 or 10. These plants can withstand very severe frosts.
- Manuka trees (Leptospermum Scoritarium) are native New Zealand.
- The spring season brings out the best in manuka trees with their profusions of pink, red, and white flowers.
Your manuka should be planted in an area that will receive full sun. According to Plants for a Future, the tree will tolerate a variety of soils as long as it is well-drained.
To conserve water, increase nutrients, and reduce weed growth, mulch around your plant with 2- to 3-inch organic mulch. Because the manuka is a small plant, be careful.
You should water very rarely. The tree is tolerant to drought and likes dry soil.
Prune carefully. After the flowers have died, cut back to shape the tree.
Protect the tree from drying hot winds and cold temperatures to ensure maximum growth.
They are easy to naturalize. They are considered an invasive species in Hawaii because they can spread quickly.