Herb: Lemon-Scented Tea Tree

Latin name: Leptospermum liversidgei

Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)

Medicinal use of Lemon-Scented Tea Tree:


Description of the plant:


4 m
(13 feet)

to July


Habitat of the herb:

Swamps by the coast in New South Wales.

Edible parts of Lemon-Scented Tea Tree:

The dried leaves are a tea substitute. Lemon-scented.

Other uses of the herb:

An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used as a bactericide.

Propagation of Lemon-Scented Tea Tree:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and give some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. The seed remains viable for many years. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8 cm with a heel, early August in a frame. Over-winter in the greenhouse for its first year. Good percentage. Cuttings of almost mature wood, 4 - 5 cm with a heel, October/November in a frame. Good percentage.

Cultivation of the herb:

Swamps by the coast in New South Wales.

Known hazards of Leptospermum liversidgei:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.