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Plant Species of the genus Agonis

Information about this genus
Name: Agonis
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: This is an adaptable, almost pest-free genus, suited to a full sun position in a wide range of well-drained soils and climates, although some species can be damaged by frost. While tip pruning can be done at any time to encourage bushier growth, the trees will also respond to pruning after flowering. Propagate by seed or cuttings, but remember that cultivars will only come true if cuttings are taken.
Description: This is a relatively small genus consisting of 12 evergreen species all found growing naturally in the temperate regions of the southwest of Western Australia. The most widely grown, Agonis flexuosa, is the only tree among this group of shrubs, however it is the lower-growing cultivars of this species which are more popular for garden use. The name Agonis is from the Greek, agonis, meaning ?without angles?, and refers to the weeping branch habit of some species. All have white or pink flowers resembling those of the tea-tree (Leptospermum) to which they are related. In common with other members of the myrtle family, the leaves contain aromatic oil which is released when the leaves are crushed. The fibrous bark, although not of particular interest to gardeners, is a distinguishing feature of the genus.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Agonis flexuosa 9-10
Agonis linearifolia 9-10



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