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Binomial Name:  Baeckea imbricata

 

Common Name: Heath Myrtle

 

Family:  MYRTACEAE

 

Leaves: Short, green, heath-like, closely whorled

 

Stem/Trunk: Multi-stemmed shrub with laterals, clustered

 

Flower: White, solitary

 

Fruit: Capsule 

 

Flowering Period:  Early Spring

 

Height: 1 metre

 

Width: 1 metre

 

Habit:  Small shrub

 

Aspect: Full sun, morning sun, grows well in filtered light under gum tree species, enjoys moisture

 

Soil Type: Sandy soils, slow draining soils

 

Soil pH:  5.5. 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

 

Frost Tolerant: No

 

Salt Wind Tolerant: Yes

 

Fire Response:  Yes. Responds to being burnt with increased growth, cool fires

 

Host Requred: No

 

Fast Growing: Moderate 

 

Gardens: Coastal, mountain heath, native gardens

 

Natural Occurrence: Occurs Queensland to southern New South Wales coastal and mountain regions

 

Known Plant Associations:  Member of critically endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub floral community

 

Known Fauna Associations:  Various bird species for nesting, lizard habitat

 

Other Information:  Does best in sheltered positions where it can get morning sun. Enjoyed more for its foliage moreso than its flowers.

 

 

 

Baeckea imbricata (Heath Myrtle)

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