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Binomial Name:  Backhousia citriodora

 

Common Name: Lemon Myrtle

 

Family:  MYRTACEAE

 

Leaves: Scented, pale green, soft but sclerophylous

 

Stem/Trunk: Single trunk, grey

 

Flower: White, fluffy stamens, showy

 

Fruit: Capsule 

 

Flowering Period:  Summer to Autumn

 

Height: 3 to 20 metres (usually 10 metres)

 

Width: 3 metres

 

Habit:  Tree

 

Aspect: Full sun, morning sun, enjoys moisture so mulch and water regularly until established

 

Soil Type: Clay to sandy soils (add compost to sandy soil for best results)

 

Soil pH:  6.0. to 6.5

 

Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Kangaroo and wallaby poo and Aussie animal scats are also beneficial when placed around the root zone. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug

 

Mulch: Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness

 

Root System: Contained. Not invasive

 

Drought Tolerant: Once established. Keep well watered in first 2 years until waist high. Water in dry periods

 

Frost Tolerant: No

 

Salt Wind Tolerant: No

 

Fire Response:  No. Does not recover well from burning

 

Host Requred: No

 

Fast Growing: Moderate 

 

Gardens: Coastal, mountain, bush food, native gardens, sensory gardens

 

Natural Occurrence: Occurs Queensland to northern New South Wales coastal areas

 

Known Plant Associations:  Does well planted near Eucalyptus species

 

Known Fauna Associations:  Various bird and insect species 

 

Other Information:  Does best in full sun positions where it can get morning sun but is sheltered from hot westerly winds. Well known bush food with its leaves used for teas and general cooking

 

 

Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) - 300mm Pot Size

$50.00Price
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