Leptospermum ‘Tickled Pink’

cultivar

Family: Myrtaceae

A medium, upright and spreading shrub, growing to 2 metres tall by 1.5 metres wide

It is a hybrid, reported to have come from Leptospermum ‘Cardwell’ and L. ‘Rhiannon’. It was produced by Bywong Nursery (near Bundendore in NSW) and has proven to be very popular.

The leaves are linear to narrow-elliptic, to 10 mm long by 3 mm wide, mid to olive- green.

Leptospermum typically produce solitary flowers, or in small groups of 2s and 3s or more, within the leaf axils. Flowers have 5 petals and sepals and have a symmetrical rotate shape. Stamens are produced in groups of 5 which surround 1 carpel (female part). The prominent feature in Leptospermum is the hypanthium, a cup or vase-shaped receptacle that supports the flower.

In this cultivar, the flowers are produced solitarily, but in continuous sprays, to 20 mm in diameter, with bright and deep pink petals, and with green in the centre of the flower, occurring in spring. It can flower very profusely which has made it popular.

In the garden

This cultivar is popular due to its spectacular pink flowers which can be produced en masse. It is typically readily available from a wide range of nurseries.

It is a very hardy shrub. It grows readily in a sandy to heavier, free-draining soil, and will benefit from some enrichment, in full sun to part shade.

It may not thrive in boggy soils. It is suited to subtropical, temperate and cool climate gardens.

Can be pruned lightly or heavily to create a dense plant and promote flowering. Place in an area where it is free to spread out and be admired and where it has room to spread out. It is recommended for rockeries and sloping beds.

It can withstand dry periods. It can also be tried in a large pot.

Leptospermum are generally susceptible to the webbing caterpillar. Usually, the most effective control method for this pest is removing infestations by hand or, if necessary, you can systematically spray with a suitable pesticide. They are also prone to scale insects which is best treated by spraying white oil solution.
Must be propagated from cuttings to maintain form and characteristics.

Propagation

Other information

Most Leptospermum species are endemic to Australia where most are found in southern areas of the country and many make desirable garden plants. Current estimates recognize about ninety species of Leptospermum along with many cultivars now existing.

The nectar from the flowers of one species (L. scoparium) is harvested by bees, yielding honey, which is marketed as Manuka honey.

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 meaning “fine” or “slender” and sperma which means “seed” referring to the thin brown seeds of the genus.
Tickled Pink’ – assumably named for the deep pink flowers.

Australian National Botanic Gardens – Leptospermum profile page https://www.anbg.gov.au/leptospermum/
Gardening with Angus – Leptospermum ‘Tickled Pink’ Profile Page:
https://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au/leptospermum-tickled-pink-tea-tree/

By Dan Clarke