Kunzea ambigua ‘Will’s Selection’ – Tick Bush

An upright form of Kunzea ambigua, it has abundant pink buds that open to white flowers. Grows from 2 to 4 metres high, 2 to 3 metres wide. Attracts birds and insects, including colourful bettles. Well drained, sunny sites. A great bushfood plant thanks to the aromatic leaves which are useful for flavouring food and tea, for essential oil production. Likes sandy soils but is adaptable to most.

The common name of tick bush comes from people noticing that animals like to lay amongst them, they theorised that the aromatic oil content of the foliage may deter ticks and mites.

Family : Myrtaceae
Cultivar Name: Will's Selection
Plant Type : Large shrub
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Spring, Summer
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Tea, Fragrant oils, Erosion control
Scientific Name: Kunzea ambigua
Common Name : Tick Bush
Height : 4
Flower Color : White
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects