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Binomial Name:  Baeckea imbricata


Common Name: Heath Myrtle




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. 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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