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How to use it. The picturesque appearance of the tea tree, highly ornamental and sculptural, makes it inherently a specimen tree. Given room and time to mature, its limbs will only spread and twist more, creating a living landscape sculpture and perfect shady landscape spot.
Australian Tea Tree can also be trained as a windbreak, a garden screen or a covered walk — shown here at Lotusland in Santa Barbara, California. While this treatment of the tree prevents its branching structure from taking shape, fine leaves and flowers will still blanket its branches. This use requires more labor to maintain.
Planting notes. Native to coastal climates, tea trees thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic soil. The tree is susceptible to root rot if the soil is too moist. Long living and quick growing, Australian Tea Tree requires little additional care once established. If you let it grow out completely, you can thin areas to emphasize its shape; otherwise it requires little pruning.
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