Agonis flexuosa 'Jervis Bay Afterdark'
Agonis flexuosa 'Jervis Bay Afterdark'. Photo by Flickr user Jennifer de Graaf

peppermint tree

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • NCNorth and Central Coast
  • SCSouth Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


One of the best small trees for California in regions with mild winters. Native to western Australia.

Grows moderately fast to 25-35 ft. tall and 15-25 ft. wide, with a weeping branch habit. Foliage smells like peppermint when crushed. Well-suited for coastal planting and makes an excellent lawn tree. Has a profuse bloom of white flowers in late spring. Plant in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil. More lush with occasional deep irrigation. Tolerates windy coastal conditions.

Cultivars exist of different sizes and different foliage colors. 'Jervis Bay Afterdark' grows slowly to about 18 ft. tall and 10-15 ft. wide and has burgundy foliage. 'Jedda's Dream' has the same colorful foliage but grows to just 9 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. 'Nana' has the same foliage color as the species but grows just to 3-4 ft. tall and twice as wide, with new leaves that are bright red. Excellent for a low windbreak or screen, or container.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun
  • Partial sun

Water needs:

  • Low water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted