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Leptospermum ‘Mesmer Eyes’

Family: Myrtaceae

Leptospermum ‘Mesmer Eyes’ was developed in a breeding programme, by Bywong Nursery, from crosses between a form of Leptospermum scoparium, Leptospermum macrocarpum and Leptospermum deuense, a rare New South Wales Tea-tree.

Leptospermum ‘Mesmer Eyes’ is a shrub that will reach a height of 1.5 metres with a spread of one metre.

Flowers appear in spring. Initially they are white then age to pink. This gives plants a two-toned appearance. The flowers are at least 3 centimetres across. This makes them one of the largest Leptospermum blooms and reflects a characteristic inherited from Leptospermum macrocarpum, one of the parents.

According to Bywong Nursery, the common name derives from the dark flower centres and the prominent stamens that resemble eye lashes.

In the garden

Leptospermum ‘Mesmer Eyes’ is an eye-catching plant that could be used as a foreground shrub in native garden beds.

It does best in a full sun to minor-shade position on a well-drained soil. Benefits from some additional watering in hot and dry times. Prune after flowering to encourage a denser shrub and more flowers the following season. Great for bee attracting and for other insects. 

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings to retain the cultivar characteristics

Other information

We first came across Leptospermum ‘Mesmer Eyes’ growing in a local native plant garden. The plant was in full flower and we were immediately taken by the large blooms.

Bywong Nursery, in southern New South Wales, is developing an amazing range of Australian plant cultivars including Correas, Grevilleas as well as Leptospermums.

Many Leptospermum species have an ability to regenerate vegetatively after fire with suckering basal growth and branch-shoots. They will also regenerate by seed.

The general common name, Teatree, derives from the practice of early Australian settlers who soaked the leaves of several species in boiling water to make a herbal tea.

Leptospermum – derived from the Greek words leptos (λεπτός) meaning “thin”, “fine” or “slender” and sperma (σπέρμα) meaning “seed”, referring to the thin brown seeds of the genus.

‘Mesmer Eyes’ – likely referring to the showy flowers.

Bywong Nursery – Leptospermum ‘Mesmer Eyes’ product description page https//bywongnusery.com.au/products/leptospermum-mesmer-eyes/

Australian National Botanic Gardens – Leptospermum profile page https://www.anbg.gov.au/leptospermum/

By Warren and Gloria Sheather