Leptospermum obovatum

River Teatree

Dense erect shrub with persistent fibrous bark on larger stems, smaller stems smooth, bark shedding in stringy strips. Young stems have a collar near the base of leaf stalks.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size2-3 m x 1.5-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesThick, flat narrow to broad leaves, wider at tip, 8-17 mm x 2-7 mm, tip pointed, rounded or notched; aromatic.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeNovember to January
  • FlowersSingle or paired open flowers to 12 mm wide, sepals tiny, hairless. Capsules small, hemispherical, ultimately surface sheds in papery flakes.
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils, along lowland watercourses and on swamp margins. Full sun to partial shade.
  • Garden useA dense screening shrub for moist areas, attractive in flower.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Wood - spears, pegs
Photographer/s: Chris Lindorff, Natureshare ©

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