Leptospermum purpurascens family MYRTACEAE
Purple-stemmed turkey bush
Shrub to 4 m high with exposed twisted and gnarled trunks. Smooth bark, light brown at base and peeling from smaller branches to reveal pinks and purples. Leaves are light green, broadly lanceolate, to 2 cm. Tiny white flowers occur in winter.
Propagation From cuttings or seed.
Cultivation This species will grow in any well-drained soil when ample moisture is applied. It is frost tender but grows well and flowers at Coffs Harbour.
- May be used as features.
- Attractive bark or trunk.
- Suitable for use in tropical areas.
Conservation Status: 2RC-
by Wrigley & Fagg, Reed Books, 1996