MANUKA MYRTLE (Leptospermum scoparium) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

MANUKA MYRTLE (Leptospermum scoparium) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

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LEPTOSPERMUM SCOPARIUM (MANUKA, MANUKA MYRTLE, NEW ZEALAND TEATREE, BROOM TEATREE, OR JUST TEA TREE OR LEPTOSPERMUM) IS A SHRUB OR SMALL TREE NATIVE TO NEW ZEALAND AND SOUTHEAST AUSTRALIA.

 IT IS A PROLIFIC SCRUB-TYPE TREE AND IS OFTEN ONE OF THE FIRST SPECIES TO REGENERATE ON CLEARED LAND. IT IS TYPICALLY A SHRUB GROWING TO 2–5 M TALL, BUT CAN GROW INTO A MODERATELY SIZED TREE, UP TO 15 M OR SO IN HEIGHT.

IT IS EVERGREEN, WITH DENSE BRANCHING AND SMALL LEAVES 7–20 MM LONG AND 2–6 MM BROAD, WITH A SHORT SPINE TIP. THE WOOD WAS OFTEN USED FOR TOOL HANDLES.

BUSH TUCKER:
THE FRESH, PUNGENT LEAVES ARE A FRAGRANT AND REFRESHING TEA SUBSTITUTE. MANUKA SAWDUST IMPARTS A DELICIOUS FLAVOUR WHEN USED FOR SMOKING MEATS AND FISH. IT IS CULTIVATED IN NEW ZEALAND FOR MANUKA HONEY, PRODUCED WHEN HONEYBEES GATHER THE NECTAR FROM ITS FLOWERS, AND FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY.

WHITE FLOWERS,  TINGED WITH PINK AND RARELY RED, 1 CM IN DIAMETER, OCCUR IN SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER.SUITABLE FOR HEAVY SHADE.
FROST-HARDY. (PLANTS GIVEN AN THIS RATING WILL TOLERATE FROSTS TO -7°C IN CONDITIONS OF NORMAL RAINFALL.)
SUITABLE HEDGE OR SCREEN PLANTS.

GERMINATION

GERMINATION USUALLY OCCURS WITHIN 2-5 WEEKS.
SMOKE TREATMENT MAY IMPROVE GERMINATION RATE.

ALTHOUGH SEED CAN BE SOWN MOST OF THE YEAR IN AUSTRALIA SEED IS GENERALLY BEST SOWN IN SPRING OR AUTUMN IN TEMPERATE CLIMATES, AVOID THE COLDEST AND HOTTEST MONTHS OF THE YEAR. THE OPTIMUM GERMINATION TEMPERATURE FOR GERMINATION IS AROUND 18-22°C