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Leptospermum lanigerum      family MYRTACEAE


Very variable shrub or tree. At least three forms are known:

  1. Large, spreading or erect shrub, sometimes pendulous, to 3 m high by 3 m across. Leaves oblong, grey-green, to 2 cm long, usually hairy. Flowers are white and appear in early summer. Capsule is hairy when young.
  2. Columnar shrub, very compact, to 3 m high by 1 m wide. Leaves are dull grey-green, to 1 cm. Flowers and capsules as for (1).
  3. From mountain areas of Tas, a slender tree to 18 m. Flowers and capsules as for (1).

Distribution: NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.

Propagation From seed or cuttings.

Cultivation See note on genus. Very hardy shrub. Some forms have very silvery foliage. Columnar form has most potential. May be incorporated into a formal garden very readily. The normal form (1) is a useful screen plant.

Form 1

Form 2

Form 3

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