We Value Your Privacy

We and our partners use technology such as cookies on our site to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology across the web. You can change your mind and change your consent choices at anytime by returning to this site.

Update Consent
Loading ...

How to grow a manuka tree

Updated February 21, 2017

Manuka trees (Leptospermum scoparium) are native to New Zealand. Small and multi-trunked, they often resemble shrubs more than trees. Often called "tea trees" for the fact that European settlers made tea from the leaves, the trees have distinctive, shredding bark and long, narrow leaves. In the spring, manuka trees bloom with a profusion of white, pink or reddish flowers. These temperate climate plants cannot tolerate sustained freezes and only grow well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 and 10. They handle quite sharp frosts.

Loading ...
  1. Plant your manuka in a location where it will be exposed to full sunlight. The tree can tolerate a wide variety of soil types as long as the soil is well-draining, according to the Plants for a Future website.

  2. Mulch around the plant with 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch to conserve moisture, add nutrients and limit weed growth. Do this carefully because the manuka has shallow roots.

  3. Water infrequently. This tree can tolerate drought conditions and prefers soil on the dry side.

  4. Prune carefully. Trim back for shape after the flowers have faded but do not cut off all the new wood or it will not bloom again the next year.

  5. Tip

    Shelter the tree from cold or hot drying winds for optimum growth.


    Note that these trees naturalise easily. In Hawaii, they are considered an invasive species because they spread so easily.

Loading ...

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Watering tool
  • Pruning tool

About the Author

April Sanders
Loading ...
Loading ...