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Agonis flexuosa ‘AF09’ AfterShock™ PPAF

This improved seedling selection of Agonis ‘After Dark’, actually selected by the same breeders as ‘After Dark’.  AfterShock was selected because it is a shorter plant, has finer foliage and tighter internodes which translate into a dense “shrub form” of peppermint tree that requires less pruning.  Great for pots, hedges or use it as a specimen in home gardens in mild, western (arid) climates. Flowers are similar to the species, with clusters of small white flowers in spring and early summer. Best suited to Western gardens in Zones 9b-11.    Breeders: Greg Lowe, James Koppman, & Jacqueline Koppman. 

  • Selected for its fine foliage and dense shrub habit
  • Maroon, willow-like leaves with lime accents
  • Use for hedges, as a specimen or in large planters


Life Cycle: Perennial
Hardiness Zones: 9b to 11; minimal frost tolerance.  Not tolerant of humid, tropical
H x W (approx): Approx 8-10ft tall and 5-7ft wide unpruned but easily pruned.
Spacing: 8ft on center for hedge plantings
Bloom Time: Spring and summer
Flower: Clusters of small white flowers with burgundy centers
Foliage Color: Willow-like leaves emerge in hues of lime to yellow-green to auburn and
mature to a deep maroon.
Habit: Upright, “bushy” and dense, from top to bottom
Containers?: Yes, but only in large planters like those used in streetscaping.
Light Requirement: Full to filtered sun
Water Requirement: Prefers regular irrigation but drought tolerant once established
Maintenance Category: Requires little maintenance once established; infrequent pruning
depending on desired effect.
Uses: Great specimen shrub/small tree that adds color and texture.
Maintenance Notes: Looks it best in full sun with regular irrigation. Responds well to pruning.



The following video discusses the benefits of AfterShock’s seed parent (Agonis ‘After Dark’) but also its major flaw…an open growth habit. AfterShock™ is naturally more dense and shorter which means it requires less pruning.