Not only is this plant one of the best bush foods, it is also a beautiful ornamental with its glossy green aromatic leaves and fluffy white flowerheads. Whilst it is capable of growing into a small to medium sized tree, it can be kept as a shrub through regular pruning of the growing tips. This also serves to harvest the plant for its culinary uses for flavouring all sorts of dishes. Plant in a sunny spot with well drained soil and feed and water regularly during the warmer months to give yourself plenty of shoots. A rainforest tree from north NSW and south Queensland. Can take light frosts, but foliage will be damaged.
|Scientific Name:||Backhousia citriodora|
|Common Name:||Lemon Myrtle|
|Plant Type:||Small tree|
|Height:||3 ~ 20 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 5 metre|
|Flower Colour:||White, Cream|
|Flowering Time:||Summer, Autumn|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Layering|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Screen, Fragrant|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Tea, Fragrant oils, Street tree, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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