From Western Australia Agonis flexuosa is used widely as a landscaping tree and with new cultivars and improved forms available for sale they are well worth a look.
Popular species and cultivars include : Agonis flexuosa nana (a dwarf form), Agonis flexuosa 'After Dark' and Agonis flexuosa 'Variegata'.
Agonis flexuosa 'Nana' (Willow Peppermint or Dwarf Willow Myrtle) is a versatile attractive small to medium weeping shrub that will reach 1.5m. Foliage is a nice green with new growth an attractive red, white flowers in spring to early summer
Plant Profile and Growing Hints
Agonis flexuosa (willow myrtle) is the tallest growing of the species, the other 3 are more shrub like. Small white flowers and a pepperment smell. Copes with poor soils and is reasonably drought tolerant.
Agonis Flexuosa Cultivars and varieties
Agonis flexuosa 'burgandy' with its lovely weeping habit has a mid burgandy colour most pronounced in its new growth. Flowers are typical of the species. Able to cope with poor soils as long as they are well drained, frost tolerant and excellent in coastal conditions.
Agonis flexuosa 'After Dark' is a newer release again with beautiful burgandy foliage. These two will reach around 4m ( more or less depending on conditions) and both make excellent container ot pot grown plants. A variegated form is also available.
Agonis flexuosa are available for sale form the following nurseries
BLERICK TREE FARM
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 - phone: (03) 56281507
Grower of advanced ornamental trees. Garden designs and concept plans. Direct from the farm gate to you combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service. Be spoilt for choice with over 4000 plants.
RONNEBY ADVANCED TREES
2505 Westernport Road, Ripplebrook, Victoria - Phone: 03 5627 6327
Largest range of deciduous & evergreen advanced trees 1-12 metres. Over 100,000 trees to select from. SpringRing® grown trees from 25 litre to 1000 litre Field grown specimen trees & mature palms. Australia-wide delivery.
Leaves turning brown and dying can be caused by a number of issues on Agonis species and cultivars.
The most likely problem is insect infestation.
Check the foliage very careful for any sign of insects.
Treatment for both is spraying with a Horticultural oil, (white oil) or Horticultural soap Natrasoap, on a cool day.
Check with you local nursery for these and how to apply them. Spray from beneath the foliage as usually the insects are on the underside of the leaves.
Other chemical solutions are also available from nurseries