with emphasis on Brisbane & Qld

Leptospermum species

The Tea Trees

Family: Myrtaceae


This genus has given us many undemanding Australian natives that can be readily integrated into the ornamental garden. Many have bursts of blossom reminiscent of cherry and similar European species.

It should be noted that many ornamental cultivars have been derived from New Zealand Leptospermum. (Likewise, the original Manuka honey from New Zealand comes from their L. scoparium..) So, if you want to stick to Australian genetics, check the parentage and provenence of your plants if uncertain.


News

Myrtle rust a threat to Leptospermums

This disease attacks a wide variety of plants in the family Myrtaceae. It was first detected in NSW in 2010, but has since been identified in Qld. The extent of the host range is still being investigated, but Leptospermum rotundifolium has been included in the list of known hosts. For more information on the disease and up-to-date information concerning reporting obligations and quarantine restrictions, visit Biosecurity Queensland, the Myrtle Rust website (NSW Department of Primary Industries), or contact the relevant authority in your state or territory. (February 2011)

More Online Information


General

Leptospermum and Relatives Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Leptospermum Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Leptospermum and Relatives Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Teatree Time Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Developing Australian Plants for Commercial Horticulture (discussion includes Leptospermum) Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.

Leptospermum liversidgei

Leptospermum liversidgei Australian National Botanic Gardens
Leptospermum liversidgei Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Leptospermum liversidgei "BY 11" Mozzie Blocker™ PBR Plant Breeders Rights description (.doc file)

Leptospermum petersonii

Leptospermum petersonii Lemon-scented tea-tree. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Leptospermum petersonii F.M.Bailey PlantNET, National Herbarium of NSW
Leptospermum petersonii Australian National Botanic Gardens

Leptospermum polygalifolium

Leptospermum polygalifolium Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Leptospermum polygalifolium Salisb. PlantNET, National Herbarium of NSW
Leptospermum polygalifolium Charles Sturt University

Others

Leptospermum anfractum The Society for Growing Australian Plants Townsville Branch Inc.
Bronze-Barked Tea Tree (Leptospermum luehmannii) Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Leptospermum semibaccatum Cooloola Coastcare
Leptospermum speciosum Cooloola Coastcare
Leptospermum wooroonooran The Taxonomy Research & Information Network

Warning: collection, destruction, propagation, movement, sale or purchase of any Australian native plant (including seeds or spores) may be subject to laws and regulations. Be sure to check with appropriate authorities before engaging in these activities, even on private property. Other laws may also apply to the treatment and movement of plant or soil material (for example, to control the spread of weeds, pests and diseases.)


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Leptospermum madidum. Brisbane November 2013

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Leptospermum, 'Pink Cascade' or similar cultivar. Brisbane September 2013

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A bright pink Leptospermum, possibly 'Tickled Pink'. Brisbane September 2015
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