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Agonis flexuosa 'Midnight Shadow' (Peppermint gum, Agonis)

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Native Annuals and Perennials. Australian annual and perennial plants can be used to create excitement in your garden as they are quick growing, usually very floriferous and because they are relatively temporary they can be replaced on a regular basis to add something new each year.

Plant description

Agonis flexuosa "Midnight Shadow' is a compact, evergreen large shrub to small tree with eye catching dark purple foliage, with red tones. It is fast growing, and has weeping foliage. It is cold and drought tolerant, and likes a sunny position. It makes a great contrast foliage colour in the garden, and is an easy care plant, being of naturally tidy habit. This plant also grows well in a large container, and stands out when planted against walls and fences.

It is in the myrtaceae family, which means it can be subject to the new myrtle rust disease.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring

Scent

The foliage has a peppermint smell

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Diseases

Myrtle rust

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good low phosphorus native fertiliser.

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