How to grow Silver Weeping Tea Tree

Silver Weeping Tea Tree

Photo - Robin Powell

Silver Weeping Tea Tree

Leptospermum brachyandrum has much to offer: that lovely soft foliage; and the distinctive pink, grey and copper shades on the inner bark surface, which are revealed after the seasonal molting of its outer bark.


It’s always a nice to spot a beautiful Australian plant while holidaying overseas. This graceful weeping tea tree was seen in the national Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Leptospermum brachyandrum has much to offer: that lovely soft foliage; and the distinctive pink, grey and copper shades on the inner bark surface, which are revealed after the seasonal molting of its outer bark. 

Leptospermum brachyandrum becomes a large shrub or small tree, and occurs naturally from just north of Port Macquarie in New South Wales to northern northern Queensland. The plant’s ideal environment is beside creeks and rivers, where it is frequently inundated for lengthy periods during summer months, but there are some populations in Queensland that grow far from waterways on steep, rocky slopes. In the garden the tree will attract wattle birds and small honeyeaters. 

As with most of the Leptospermum family, there are a couple of pests to look out for: webbing caterpillar which needs to be removed by hand or killed with systematic pesticide; and scale insects which can be treated by spraying Eco oil solution.

Text: Linda Ross

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Author: Linda Ross