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Agonis flexuosa 'Nana' - Dwarf Willow Myrtle
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myricaceae (Bayberries)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Agonis flexuosa 'Nana' (Dwarf Peppermint Tree) This evergreen shrub is a compact form of the Peppermint Tree (Agonis flexuosa) that grows 4 to 6 feet tall by 6 to 8 feet wide with attractive bright green leaves and red new growth. Plant in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. It is moderately drought tolerant along the coast once established but is more lush with occasional deep irrigation. Hardy to around 25 F. This plant makes a great small-scale screen, hedge, specimen plant, both in the ground or in a container, that grows well along the coast or in more inland gardens. We originally listed this to around 4 feet tall but were informed by Kathy Musial that the oldest plants at the Huntington Botanic Gardens were now approaching 6 feet tall. Like the species the leaves have a distinct peppermint aroma when crushed and clusters of small white flowers with pink petal bases appear in May to June. There are several interpretations for how the name Agonis is derived. One interpretation is that the genus is named from the Greek word 'agonos' which is a combination of 'a' for "not" and 'gonia' for "angle" meaning "without angles" in reference to soft drooping branches of some species while others believe it is from the Greek word 'agon' meaning "a gathering" or "a cluster" in reference to the arrangement of the fruit. The specific epithet comes from the Latin word 'flexuos' meaning "bending" or "curvy" in reference to the way the branches arch gracefully. It is commonly called Dwarf Willow Myrtle or Dwarf Peppermint Tree. In 1989 while touring the area around Perth in Western Australian this plant was noticed in many landscapes. It is believed to originally been imported into the US by Kathy Musial at the Huntington Botanic Gardens but we got our orignal plants from Jo O'Connell of Australian Native Plant Nursery. There are splendid examples of this plant growing at Seaside Gardens, in Carpinteria in a garden area designed by Jo O'Connell.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agonis flexuosa 'Nana'.
 
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