Violet Kunzea, Crimson Kunzea, Small-leaved Kunzea.
Kunzea, after Dr Gustav Kunze (1793-1851), professor of medicine and botany, Leipzig. Parvifolia, from Latin parvus, small, and foli, leaf, referring to small leaves.
Up to 1.5m.
Presence in Australia
Noted east of the Hume Highway in the areas Yarra Yarra; Four Mile; Lunts-Sugarloaf; Coppabella; Ournie; Tooma; Ardenside-Welaregang; Carabost and Gilmore "Lower Reaches".
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic.
Heath and dry sclerophyll forest.
Erect shrub to 1.5m high with slender wiry reddish branches and small leaves mostly 1-3.5 mm long. Forms thickets similar to tea-tree scrub.
Rocky slopes, especially near seepage areas.
Pink to purple (rarely white), spring-early summer.
Early Jan - late May. Monitor closely as seeds shed 3-14 days after maturity.
From seed, sown early autumn, or cuttings about 10cm long in Jan. Rooting hormones should enhance strike rate. Most Kunzeas germinate readily in 3-5 weeks. Surface sow or cover lightly. Capillary watering may be beneficial.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks.
Good habitat. Foliage excellent refuge for small birds. Flowers are a nectar source for honeyeaters and other native birds.
Attractive when flowering. Regular pruning beneficial.