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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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Leptospermum 'Dark Shadows' - Dark Shadows Leptospermum
Leptospermum 'Dark Shadows' is a nice compact small evergreen tree or large shrub with purple foliage reaching 15 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Another nice dark foliaged tree for contrast in the landscape. From my observations, the plants seem to be almost as wide as tall and multi-stemmed forming a upright spreading habit.
Leaves are alternate, simple, narrowly lanceolate, about an inch long, mostly purplish color but those in the inner canopy are more green and new ones are more red. Leaves covered with long silver hairs.
Flowers are white, borne in summer, about 3/4" in diameter and contrast very nicely with the flush of new foliage.