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Leptospermum lanigerum - (Sol. ex Aiton.)Sm.

Common Name woolly tea-tree
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Mountainous areas and down to the coast[184]. Wet heathland, open eucalyptus forest and by streams[260].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Leptospermum lanigerum woolly tea-tree


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Leptospermum lanigerum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft 5in) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

L. pubescens.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Hedge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea

The leaves are used as a tea substitute[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge  Wood

This species can be grown as a hedge in positions that are not too exposed. When trimming, however, the plants should not be cut back into old wood because they will not grow back. Other Uses The wood is tough, hard, heavy and close grained. Durable when used internally[601 ]. It is used for poles, stakes, tool handles etc[154 , 601 ]. The wood makes a good fuel[154 ].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge

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Cultivation details

Succeed in almost any neutral or acid soil of good or reasonable quality, preferring a light sandy loam and full sun[200]. Grows best in an acid sandy soil[260]. Prefers a position sheltered from hot or cold drying winds[200]. Another report says that it tolerates fairly exposed positions and that has been our experience with it[K]. Hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens, where it succeeds in sun or shade, it only succeeds outdoors in mild areas of Britain, requiring the protection of a wall in colder parts. Plants are hardy to about -15°c in Britain[184]. Polymorphic[157]. There are two distinct forms grown in Britain, one with smallish greyish leaves is sometimes known as L. cunninghamii, the second form has larger narrow glossy green leaves[219]. Plants seldom grow taller than about 2 metres in Britain. Resents root disturbance[200]. Does not regenerate from old wood[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and give some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. The seed remains viable for many years. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8 cm with a heel, early August in a frame. Over-winter in the greenhouse for its first year. Good percentage[78]. Cuttings of almost mature wood, 4 - 5 cm with a heel, October/November in a frame. Good percentage[78].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Leptospermum ericoides Shrub3.0 7-10  LMHNM112
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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