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Correa - Andrews.

Common Name Cape Barren Tea
Family Rutaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy and rocky habitats by the coast[154, 157, 200].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Tasmania.
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Correa Cape Barren Tea


Correa Cape Barren Tea

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Correa is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid and saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Habitats

Edible Uses

The leaves can be used as a tea substitute[2, 177, 183]. They are pleasantly aromatic with a sweetish flavour[144, 154].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

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Cultivation details

Requires a freely draining lime-free peaty soil or a sandy soil rich in organic matter and a sunny position[1, 200]. Another report says that plants do best in a well-drained, rather poor soil with some limestone[260]. Plants are very resistant to salt spray[157]. This species is hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. Plants can tolerate at least short-lived frosts down to about -5°c in Britain[200] and they can be grown on a sunny wall in the milder parts of the country[1, 166]. In S. Cornwall they succeed as free-growing shrubs[1].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Fresh seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 20°c[164]. Stored seed can be difficult to germinate, leaching with water can help, or perhaps a short burst of fire will initiate germination[260]. 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, July/August in a shaded frame[200]. Cuttings are generally quite easy to root[260].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Aegle marmelosBael Tree, Golden Apple, Bengal QuinceTree10.0 10-12 SLMHNM334
Correa albaCape Barren TeaShrub1.5 8-11  LMNM10 

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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