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Products > Agonis flexuosa 'Jedda's Dream'
 
Agonis flexuosa 'Jedda's Dream' - Dwarf Red Peppermint Tree

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
Image of Agonis flexuosa 'Jedda's Dream'
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Parentage: (sport of A.flexuosa 'Jervis Bay Afterdark')
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Agonis flexuosa 'Jedda's Dream' PPAF (Dwarf Red Peppermint Tree) A medium to large upright evergreen bush to 6 to 9 feet tall with red-purple foliage. This plant has a dense bushy growth habit with strong basal branching and is smaller and denser than the red leafed form of Agonis we grow, 'Jervis Bay Afterdark'. As with other Agonis this plant has a distinct peppermint aroma when crushed and, though this cultivar has not been observed to bloom as yet, likely mature plants will have clusters of small white flowers with pink petal bases that appear in May to June. Perfect choice for street, specimen or as a lawn tree. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil with regular to occasional watering - moderately drought tolerant along the coast once established but is more lush with occasional deep irrigation. Tolerates windy coastal conditions. Cold tolerance has not been well documented on this cultivar yet but we have had more experience with the parent cultivar and have noted it to have some tip damage possible below 28 F and stem damage at temperatures between 20-25 F. In the January 2007 cold spell that hit California we had foliage and young tip damage on 'Jervis Bay Afterdark' at 26 F but plants rebounded completely and the species has been noted to tolerate occasional short duration winter temperatures to around 20 F so this plant should have a similar tolerance. It was discovered and selected by James and Jacqueline Koppman of Huskisson from a mutation of their Agonis flexuosa 'Jervis Bay After Dark' in 1999 at Falls Creek, New South Wales, Australia. While 'Jervis Bay After Dark' is characterized by its upright semi-weeping habit with light to medium basal branching and is a tall plant, 'Jedda's Dream' was selected for its good red-purple foliage with strong basal branching and shorter bushy form due to shorter internodes and leaves. Flowering has not been observed on this cultivar but likely it will have the same spring-occurring white flowers as the species. An application for plant breeders' rights for 'Jedda's Dream' has been lodged with the Australian Plant Breeders Rights Office, and was accepted on 15 Aug. 2006 (under Application No. 2006/222) and is being marketed in the US by Ball Horticulture. 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.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Agonis flexuosa 'Jedda's Dream'.