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Plant of the Month – Kunzea capitata

Last week I featured the Kunzea ambigua, this week I am featuring the Kunzea capitata.

Peter Woodard

Genus: Kunzea
Species: capitata
Common Name: N/A
Flower Colour: Pink Purple (White varieties also available)
Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Habit: Shrub to 1m
Flowering: Spring

This species of Kunzea is not widely cultivated even though it has been around for quite some time, first designated the name Metrosideos capitata in 1797 and moved into the Kunzea family in 1846. It is native to the east coast of Australia, particularly New South Wales. Generally it will grow to about 1 metre in height, with an erect growth pattern, but it is not that uncommon for it to push 2m.

The best climate for this variety of Kunzea is a temperate zone with dry, sunny summers and wet winters. For best results make sure that your soil drains well. Grown in these conditions the Kunzea capitata will thrive and prove to be quite the hardy addition to your garden. This variety of Kunzea can also handle slight shade to full sun positions in your garden.

I myself am more a fan of the white flowering variety but that is even less common. The purple flowering variety also appears to be very nice though so either could be a good addition to your garden!

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