Santa Cruz County has a wide assortment of tree species grown and some great examples located in public spaces. Trees are covered like a field guide. Walking and Driving tree tours are listed on the right. I am looking for the best trees in the county. Looking for help? Find a great specimen? Let me know.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Leptospermum laevigatum - Australian Tea Tree
The Australian Tea Tree is a large evergreen shrub or small multi-stemmed tree that's often wider than tall, eventually reaching 30' but generally 20' range. The dense canopy masks the spectacular branching pattern and bark. Best pruned to expose the twisting branches.
Leaves are evergreen, simple, alternately arranged, elliptical to oval, about an inch long, dull, light bluish green, thick, stiff, entire margins with a slight point at the end.
Flowers are white, about 1" diameter, stiff looking with 5 wide spreading petals.
Fruit is a capsule, persistent on the stems for years.
This is a shot of a tree in SF Golden Gate Park. Wonderful specimen.
other tea trees I guess, the leaves are fatter.