Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Leptospermum flavescens Sm. var. grandiflorum (Lodd.) Benth.

Frost-hardy upright shrub with white-hairy stems, ovate, grey-green leaves, to 1.5cm long, and solitary, saucer-shaped, white, or rarely pink, flowers, to 2cm across, in summer. To 4m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A very fine species, a native of Van Diemen’s Land: it grows to about two feet in height. […] The flowers are an inch in diameter, of pure white.’  [LBC no.514/1821]. 

‘This plant is easily managed, and is a very free bloomer, producing its prettily-shaped white blossoms for many weeks in succession’.  [Gard. Chron. 1854].  Introduced to Britain in 1810.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.634/1850].


Published Jan 17, 2010 - 03:40 PM | Last updated Mar 29, 2010 - 03:44 PM

Figured are small ovate leaves and white flowers with prominent stamens.  Loddiges Botanical Cabinet no.514, 1821.

Leptospermum flavescens var. grandiflorum (Lodd.) Benth. | LBC no.514/1821 as L. grandiflorum | RBGS

Family Myrtaceae
Region of origin

Australia, Tasmania

  • Leptospermum grandiflorum Lodd.
  • Leptospermum rodwayanum Summerh. & H.F.Comber 
Common Name

Tea tree

Name in the Camden Park Record

Leptospermum grandiflorum 

Confidence level high