An upright form of Kunzea ambigua, it has abundant pink buds that open to white flowers. Grows from 2 to 4 metres high, 2 to 3 metres wide. Attracts birds and insects, including colourful bettles. Well drained, sunny sites. A great bushfood plant thanks to the aromatic leaves which are useful for flavouring food and tea, for essential oil production. Likes sandy soils but is adaptable to most.
The common name of tick bush comes from people noticing that animals like to lay amongst them, they theorised that the aromatic oil content of the foliage may deter ticks and mites.
|Scientific Name:||Kunzea ambigua|
|Common Name:||Tick Bush|
|Other Common Names:||White Kunzea|
|Plant Type:||Large shrub|
|Height:||2 ~ 4 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 3 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Screen, Windbreak, Fragrant|
|Special Features:||Tea, Fragrant oils, Erosion control|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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