Posted Monday, November 14, 2005
The common name of Tea Tree derives from the practice of early Australian settlers of soaking the leaves of several species in boiling water to make a tea substitute. The Leptospermum has the reputation of being the ultimate in forbidden bonsai. It is a lovely tree, with flowers which resemble tiny wild roses and spiky little evergreen leaves. The bark looks old rapidly, although it may take a while to thicken the trunk. Unfortunately, getting it to survive is a monumental task. Whilst trees are native to New Zealand and Australia, they can now be bought in nurseries in many countries around the world.
More informaton on growing these trees as bonsai can be found at the following links
Bonsai Web - Leptospermum
BCI - New Zealand Tea Tree - Leptospermum
Leptospermum Home Page