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Binomial Name:  Backhousia citriodora


Common Name: Lemon Myrtle




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. 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

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