Leptospermum myrsinoides

Heath or Silky Teatree

Small wiry to compact shrub with smooth bark on smaller stems, shedding in stringy strips.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size0.5-2.5 m x 1 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesLeaves narrowly egg-shaped, broader towards the tip, pointed, concave, 3-13 mm x 1-4 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite to pink
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersMasses of open flowers to 15 mm across, sepals tiny, hairy only on base of calyx. Capsules not persistent.
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist sandy soil in heathlands. Light frost. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive in open moist soil, tolerating poor drainage. Good for bog gardens. Pruning beneficial.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Wood - spears, pegs
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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