Tea tree winter cheer
A pretty show in my garden at the moment from the Red-flowering Tea Tree, a native to this country.
A shrub with deep burgundy foliage and lots of tiny vibrant hot pink flowers that appear from now, through winter and in to spring. Growth is compact to around 1 m. Each flower 1 cm diameter.
This cultivar is Leptospermum scoparium 'rubrum nana'.
Reportedly, first British settlers to Australia made tea from the leaves.
''Leptospermum scoparium'', commonly called mānuka, manuka myrtle, New Zealand teatree, broom teatree, or just tea tree, is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family Myrtaceae, native to New Zealand and southeast Australia.