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Backhousia myrtifolia - Hook.f.&Harv.

Common Name Grey Myrtle
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Gullies and the margins of rainforests[265].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, E. Victoria.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Backhousia myrtifolia Grey Myrtle


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Backhousia myrtifolia Grey Myrtle

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Backhousia myrtifolia is an evergreen Shrub growing to 12 m (39ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf all year, in flower in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Essential;  Wood.

An essential oil is obtained from the leaves[154]. The uses are not specified. Wood - hard, tough, strong, close grained. Used for tool handles, wheels, construction etc[154].

Cultivation details

Prefers a position in full sun in a fertile moisture retentive well-drained soil[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], in Britain it is only reliably hardy in the Scilly Isles[1]. Plants in Australian gardens tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c[157], but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. Seed can remain viable on the plant for 3 - 4 years[200].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow in spring or autumn in a greenhouse and keep the compost moist until germination takes place. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Botanical References

154200265

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