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Leptospermum petersonii - F.M.Bailey.

Common Name Lemon Tea Tree, Common teatree
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range Australia.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Leptospermum petersonii Lemon Tea Tree, Common teatree


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Leptospermum petersonii Lemon Tea Tree, Common teatree
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Leptospermum petersonii is an evergreen Shrub growing to 4.5 m (14ft 9in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Hedge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

The leaves are used to brew a strongly aromatic tea, or they can be added as a flavouring to china tea[183]. They are strongly lemon-scented[144].

Medicinal Uses



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Antibacterial.

The leaves, and especially the essential oil obtained from them, is antibacterial[156].

Other Uses

Essential;  Hedge;  Hedge.

An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used as a bactericide[156].

Cultivation details

Succeeds 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]. This species is not very cold-tolerant, it only succeeds outdoors in the mildest areas of Britain[200]. Plants are slightly frost-tender in Australian gardens[157]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be put out into their permanent positions as soon as possible[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].

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 :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Leptospermum ericoides 11
Leptospermum laevigatumCoast Tea Tree, Australian teatree10
Leptospermum lanigerum 10
Leptospermum liversidgeiLemon-Scented Tea Tree21
Leptospermum polygalifolium 10
Leptospermum scopariumTea Tree, Broom teatree, Manuka, New Zealand Tea Tree30

 

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Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

   Jul 9 2014 12:00AM

Will this plant survive through a bitterly cold winter (-30 f or below)? I live in Minnesota, USA.

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