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Leptospermum laevigatum      family MYRTACEAE


Coastal tea-tree

Tall, bushy shrub or small, twisted tree, to 6 m. Leaves are grey-green, obovate, to 2 cm. Flowers are white, to 1.5 cm diameter, in spring or early summer.

Distribution: coastal dunes of NSW, Vic, Tas, SA (naturalised in north-east NSW, south-east Qld and WA, where it has been introduced after sand mining).

Propagation From cuttings or seed. Seeds are not retained on the shrub.

Cultivation See note on genus. Excellent windbreak for salt spray. Very hardy plant, forming a good screen in most conditions. Has become a weed in South Africa.

text from 'AUSTRALIAN NATIVE PLANTS, 4th ed'
by Wrigley & Fagg, Reed Books, 1996