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Leptospermum grandifolium

Mountain Teatree

Dense shrub to rounded tree, smooth bark on larger stems, sheds in papery strips.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size2-10 m x 2-6 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 3-25 m
  • LeavesLarge (for tea-tree) thin, oblong glossy green leaves, paler below, 10-35 mm x 3-8 mm, sharply pointed, silky hairs either below or on both surfaces. Hairy, silver new growth.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersSingle, large open flowers to 18 mm, sepals red and hairy. Woolly calyx persists on woody fruit which sheds the outer surface in papery flakes.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soil in gullies and sheltered slopes of mountain forests. Tolerates light frost and snow. Full sun to dappled shade.
  • Garden useScreen plant for moist areas, especially if pruned to maintain bushy shape. Flowers are well displayed.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Stems, wood - spears
  • Related speciesSimilar to Leptospermum lanigerum which has smaller leaves and flowers and persistent fibrous bark on larger stems, smaller stems shedding in stringy strips. Leaves have silky hairs on both sides, giving a silvery appearance.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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