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Kunzea peduncularis

Mountain Burgan

Dense to open weeping shrub with downy stems. Bark on the young branchlets breaks into square pieces, like paving.

Additional information

  • SynonymKunzea ericoides - now a New Zealand species, Leptospermum phylicoides
  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size2-5 m x 2-4 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesLance-shaped, dark green leaves 10-15 mm x 2-4 mm, broader towards the tip. Can have reddish tips.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeNovember to February
  • FlowersMasses of flowers to 10 mm across towards the end of stems. More than 45 stamens. Calyx lobes blunt; flower stalk, to 6 mm, either hairless or with few scattered hairs spreading upwards. Capsules deciduous.
  • Bird attractingHabitat - nesting and/or safety
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils on rocky outcrops. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useExcellent screen plant. Plants can spread forming a dense scrub in cleared areas. Tolerates hard pruning.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Wood - weapons
  • Related speciesKunzea ericoides has been separated into 3 local species. The most common, Kunzea leptospermoides can be distinguished by the bark on young branchlets which peels in long strips, flowers with up to 25 stamens, very pointed calyx lobes, flower stalks to 3 mm with hairs standing erect and narrower leaves. Plants prefer moister well drained soils. Intermediate plants can occur when the 2 species are located in close proximity. K. sp. (Upright form) may ocur in the Montrose area. It has fibrous bark, lance-shaped leaves which are broadest at the tip, 8-25 mm long, with fine hairs along the margins. Flowers and fruit are larger than K. leptospermoides and calyx lobes are rounded.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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