Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: The origin of Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' is uncertain. It is a form of Leptospermum polygalifolium. The specimen received by the Authority came from the nursery of Mr R Brown of Bulli, NSW in 1985. The name refers to the colour of the foliage. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in November 1987. Registration applied for by the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.
DESCRIPTION: A moderately open shrub to 3m tall by 2m wide after 7 years. The young stems are reddish and the narrowly oblanceolate to narrowly elliptical leaves are up to 20mm long by 2mm wide. They are bronze-green on the upper surface and paler beneath. The five petalled flowers are white and approximately 16mm diameter. The fruits are 6mm diameter with the typical high dome of the species.
DIAGNOSIS: The cultivar differs from other forms of L. polygalifolium in having bronze-green colour to the upper surface of the leaves and reddish stems of the new growth.
CULTIVATION NOTES: A hardy shrub in heavy or light soils. It has withstood frosts to -4° C. Propagation must be by vegetative means to preserve the cultivar form. Honeyeaters are attracted to the shrub.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966
young stems: near Red-Purple Group 59A
top surface of leaf: Yellow-Green Group 147A
undersurface of leaf:Green Group 137B
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC422, ACRA274, CBG8704054
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 16 October 1992