Leptospermum scoparium

Manuka, Black or Broom Teatree

See Leptospermum continentale. Locally L. scoparium is taller and leafier than Prickly Tea-tree.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size2-5 m x 1.5-3 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesLeaves are narrowly elliptic to almost circular, broadest near the middle, 7-22 mm x 2-7 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeDecember to March
  • FlowersOpen flowers to 14 mm, sepals hairless, capsules broadly hemispherical, flaky as age.
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils along watercourses and in damp forests, woodlands and heathlands. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useA good screening and habitat plant due to its prickly nature. There are many coloured cultivars in the nursery trade. These have been developed from the New Zealand form.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Scattered outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Wood - spears, pegs
  • Related speciesSee Leptospermum continentale. It differs in having wider leaves which are broadest in the middle.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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