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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.





Fruit is a small capsule with 5 valves when open.



Misidentification:
Agonis flexuosa 'Jervis After Dark' perhaps?

Location:
Aptos 
455 Sandlewood Dr

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