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New Zealand Tea tree

Leptospermum scoparium

Broom teatree, Manuka, Tea Tree (Eng.) Wit teebos, Teebos (Afr.)

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These lovely shrubs love acid soil and should be planted with acid compost and mulched with pine needles. A popular garden choice used mainly for its attractive and finely textured foliage and the ornamental flowers. The foliage is aromatic and releases the classic tea tree smell when agitated.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest seeds during major peak of fruit formation in late winter-spring and in autumn.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds are light, wind-dispersed and numerous. Seeds germinate in bare patches in nature. Seeds germinate readily and should be shallow.
Cuttings
Cultivars must be cutting-grown to retain clonal properties. Take softwood cuttings during spring.

Special features

Hedge plant
Suitable for hedges as it has good wind-resistance.

Geography

Origin
Australia and New Zealand.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
It is antibacterial and antifungal and most of the plant is used medicinally by Maori's, indigenous tribes and peoples of New Zealand.
Edible
The smoke of the wood is used to flavour chicken and meats. The bark is chewed to relax and improve sleep.

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
White, pink and red.
Scent
Mild

Problems

Very prone to attack by webbing caterpillars.

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