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Leptospermum polygalifolium - Salisb.

Common Name
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Montane areas, especially on fairly poor soils[154, 156]. Heaths and dry sclerophyll forests, usually on sandstones and deep sandy soils[265].
Range Australia - Tasmania, Victoria.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Leptospermum polygalifolium


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Leptospermum polygalifolium is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor 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. flavescens. Sm.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea

The leaves are a tea substitute[46, 61, 177].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - tough, close grained. Used for poles, stakes, fuel etc[154].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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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]. Prefers a position sheltered from hot or cold drying winds[200]. Only succeeds outdoors in the mild areas of Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -10°c[200]. Grows well in coastal areas so long as it is not too exposed[188]. Resents root disturbance[200]. Plants do not regenerate from old wood[200]. Closely related to L. lanigerum[11]. A good bee plant[108]. 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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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Leptospermum ericoides Shrub3.0 7-10  LMHNM112
Leptospermum laevigatumCoast Tea Tree, Australian teatreeShrub9.0 8-11  LMHNM103
Leptospermum lanigerumwoolly tea-treeShrub5.0 7-10 MLMNM202
Leptospermum liversidgeiLemon-Scented Tea TreeShrub4.0 7-10  LMHNM212
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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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Readers comment

James Roberts   Wed Jun 9 06:53:42 2004

Re: medicinal uses

See Manuka/UMF honey (from different plant), with increasing uses in wound management.

Manuka/UMF honey is honey from bees fed on flower of NZ relative of leptospermum polygalifolium -which shows same properties

Link: Waikito University Honey Research Unit research into UMF honey

   Wed Aug 12 2009

Wow, this site is amazing. Never thought that this Polygalifolium could be used for making tea. Awesome guys...keep up the good work. Great research : )

Elisabeth   Thu Nov 19 2009

Hello, Can you telle me what the difference is between the Leptospermum polygalifolium and the Leptospermum Scoparium? Thank you very much! -Elisabeth

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