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Leptospermum Petersonii

 I was in Sydney a couple of months ago and spent some of my most memorable hours in my friend’s backyard.

P has, among other plants, a genoa black fig, a Nellie Kellie black passionfruit, vegetables, herbs and one of my favourites – the Leptospermum Petersonii or Lemon Tea Tree.

P’s leptospermums are more than 10 feet tall; completely dwarfing my sapling which is all of16 inches in height. Some may not fully appreciate the beauty of the plant; until they crush the leaves to release its essential oils. And when they do, my guess would be that they’d want a plant too. And there’s a bonus – the scented leaves of the Leptospermum Petersonii make a lovely fragrant tea.

P can enjoy a pot of it anytime she prunes her trees which are already flowering and setting seed.

My first attempt at planting the Leptospermum Petersonii seeds crashed and burned.

The next lot saw some success but only one seedling survived past infancy. It will be a while before I can harvest any leaves from this plant for a cup of tea.

At the rate it’s growing, a few more Leptospermum Petersonii plants wouldn’t hurt; especially since I believe in having insurance. So, guess what? I’ve just sown another batch of seeds.

seed pods and seeds








Care and propagation: partial shade to full sun; well-drained soil; water moderately; propagate using seeds or cuttings 

seed pods on one of P’s tree

P’s Leptospermum Petersonii

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