Leptospermum scoparium ‘Apple Blossom’ is also known as the New Zealand Tea Tree Apple Blossom, Mānuka, Manuka Myrtle, Broom Tea Tree, Jelly Bush, or Tea Tree. It is native to New Zealand, Chatham Island, and Southeast Australia. It belongs to the Myrtaceae family of plants. Scoparium in Latin means “broom-like”.
Leptospermum scoparium ‘Apple Blossom’ is an evergreen shrub with prickly, narrow, elliptical, or needle-like leaves. They are green with a hint of pink specially when it is cold. The light pink double flowers appear from April through July. It sometimes flowers again in autumn. Leptospermum scoparium ‘Apple Blossom’ can grow to about 3m or 11ft tall. After flowering, it produces seed capsules. It is frost-hardy to -5°C or 23°F.
Leptospermum scoparium is a plant that usually adapts well to fire and is one of the first plants to regenerate after forest fires. Plant Leptospermum scoparium ‘Apple Blossom’ in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in the sun.