Native to eastern Australia, the prickly tea-tree (Leptospermum juniperinum) is a woody shrub with spiny leaves accurate to its title. It’s hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 911, making it ideal for hotter parts of the Bay region. Trees come to be about 6 1/2 feet tall and broad and can tolerate high winds and moderate frosts. White to light-pink blossoms appear from mid-spring to mid summer. Proper pruning — which needs to be performed through the period — will inspire flowering that is new for the the next season.
The pruning loppers and shears using a file to decrease the threat of injury to the plant. With rubbing alcohol sterilize the shears and loppers. Wear gloves to protect your fingers in the foliage.
Check the plant for rotting wood, branches and leaves that are dead, and take them off. Remove insect hives or nests. Hornet nests using an insecticide if required.
Prune your prickly tea-tree frequently throughout the flowering period from winter into spring, Reduce back long flowering stems (12 feet), but prevent pruning the whole tree at once. This may allow the plant time to re-generate. Allow at least 1 / 4-inch of stem beyond stem joints to facilitate development.
Cut back wood into a half using the loppers. Shoots that are healthy will sprout in the wood that is remaining. Under the shrub fertilizer sprinkle common 151515 or 20-20-20 out line to promote progress, and keep the plant watered.