Willow Myrtle Agonis flexuosa

Willow Myrtle

Common name Willow Myrtle
Botanical name Agonis flexuosa
Family Myrtaceae
Natural range South-west Australia
Mature height to 15m
Form Wide, spreading form
Likes Coastal locations
Dislikes n/a
Where to plant Your beach house
Known for Attractive spreading form, dappled shade

Diving into the Fascinating World of Willow Myrtle
Living Legacy: The Willow Myrtle

Do you know about the captivating Willow Myrtle hailing from the picturesque south-western region of Australia? This remarkable species, scientifically named Agonis flexuosa, finds its roots in the family of Myrtaceae. Typically, these trees flourish to a height of 15 meters and boast a broad, spreading stature.

Coastal Affection of Willow Myrtle

What if a tree could share your love for beaches? The Willow Myrtle thrives in the sandy coastal soils of Western Australia. Its gnarly and wide form paints an unforgettable picture against the backdrop of sandy paths leading to serene surf spots.

Strength and Beauty Interwoven

Is it possible for a tree to encompass both robustness and aesthetic appeal? With its twisted branches and stout trunks supporting rough-barked limbs, the Willow Myrtle stands as a testament to enduring beauty. As the tree ages, it continues to expand, exhibiting nature’s might and endurance.

A Whiff of Peppermint

Have you ever experienced a surprising burst of peppermint from the foliage of a tree? When you crush the leaves of Willow Myrtle, it exudes a potent peppermint fragrance. This aromatic feature makes this tree a beloved member of the Myrtaceae family. In Western Australia, they’re also recognized as Peppercorn or Peppermint trees.

Flowering Charm of Willow Myrtles

From August to December, did you know the Willow Myrtle showcases clusters of small white flowers that grow between the leaves on their branches? Coupled with the glossy, elongated leaves hanging from its drooping branches, the flowering tree bears a striking resemblance to a Willow tree, which explains its common name.

Proudly Australian, Loved Worldwide

Would you believe that all four species of Agonis are exclusively native to South-western Australia, yet Agonis flexuosa or the Willow Myrtle has found love in gardens across the globe? This adaptability stems from the tree’s remarkable hardiness and ability to flourish in varied climates and soil types, especially along sandy coastal terrains.

The Diverse Cultivars of Willow Myrtle

Have you ever pondered the existence of different forms of Willow Myrtles? A host of cultivars is available for general cultivation, each introducing its unique attributes. These include the compact ‘Nana’, growing up to about 4m, the ‘Variegata’ with variegated foliage, and ‘After Dark’ known for its deep burgundy to purple foliage.

Interesting Facts about Willow Myrtles
  1. Willow Myrtles are famed for their attractive spreading form and the dappled shade they provide.
  2. When crushed, the leaves of a Willow Myrtle release a potent peppermint scent.
  3. These trees produce small white flowers that cluster on the branches amid the leaves.
  4. The Willow Myrtle owes its name to its willow-like appearance, thanks to drooping branches dotted with thin, shiny leaves.
  5. Of the Agonis species, Agonis flexuosa or the Willow Myrtle is the most widely cultivated.
Engaging Reads for More Insights
  1. Different Species of Agonis: A Comprehensive Guide
  2. Incorporating Willow Myrtle in Landscape Designs
  3. Diving Deeper into the Myrtaceae Family of Trees
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