Herb: Tea Tree


Latin name: Melaleuca hypericifolia


Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)



Medicinal use of Tea Tree:

An essential oil obtained from the fresh leaves and twigs is anthelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and highly stimulant. It is used internally as a stimulating expectorant in laryngitis and bronchitis, as an antiseptic in cystitis and as an anthelmintic for round worms. It is used externally to treat various skin infections. It relieves headaches.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

Flovering:
June to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Usually on coastal headlands in wet soils, it is also found on moist ledges and cliffs on the Great Dividing range.

Other uses of Tea Tree:

Plants can be used for hedging in climates suitable for their growth.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - surface sow in spring or autumn onto a pot of permanently moist soil in a warm greenhouse. Emmerse in 5cm of water and do not water from overhead. Grow on until the seedlings are 0.5cm tall then remove from the water and pot up a week later. Seedlings are liable to damp off when grown this way, sowing the seed thinly, good ventilation and hygiene are essential for success. Grow the plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and then plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe lateral shoots with a heel, July/August in a frame.

Cultivation of Tea Tree:

Usually on coastal headlands in wet soils, it is also found on moist ledges and cliffs on the Great Dividing range.

Known hazards of Melaleuca hypericifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.