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Leptospermum continentale

Prickly Teatree

Narrow upright prickly shrub with smooth bark on smaller stems, shedding in stringy strips.

Additional information

  • SynonymSeparated from Leptospermum juniperinum
  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-4 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesRigid prickly leaves, narrowly egg-shaped, broadest at base, concave, tiny teeth along the margins, 5-13 mm x 1-3.5 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeOctober to March
  • FlowersFlowers massed along stems, petals and sepals white, calyx and capsule hairless, capsules flaky with age, becoming rough.
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained to moist sandy and light clay soils. Widespread in woodland, heathlands and beside watercourses. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun to partial shade.
  • Garden useAn adaptable plant which can be very narrow, or more bushy. Pruning beneficial. Excellent habitat plant or for directing pedestrian traffic. Very floriferous.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Wood - spears, pegs
  • Related speciesLeptospermum scoparium is recorded from a Belgrave South site. It is distinguished from L. continentale by the leaves which are narrowly elliptic to almost circular, broadest near the middle, 7-22 mm x 2-7 mm. Locally it is taller and leafier than Prickly Tea-tree.
Photographer/s: 1, 3, 4 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Healesville Sanctuary ©

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