ALPINE TEA-TREE (Leptospermum rupestre) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'
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Leptospermum rupestre, commonly known as alpine tea-tree or prostrate tea-tree. It is endemic to Tasmania. In alpine areas it assumes a prostrate habit while in sub-alpine areas it appears as a large shrub, found growing in a sunny situation on light to medium soils.
Fragrant white flowers occurring in Summer-Autumn. It is drought and frost resistant. This species has shiny dark green leaves on arching reddish tan branches.
It is ideal as a groundcover plant or for rockeries.
Bush Tucker Uses: Honeybees gather the nectar from its flowers. Aromatic leaves were used for medicine; the stems of tall species were used for spears.
Germination: Sow light scattering of seed and cover lightly. Germinates in 2-5, Late Spring-Summer. Optimal germination temperature 18-25°C.
Seed retains viability for several years stored at room temperature.
Tea trees are particularly important for the survival of our native bush bees.