MOUNTAIN/WOOLLY TEA-TREE (Leptospermum grandifolium) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'
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Leptospermum grandifolium, commonly known as mountain tea-tree or woolly tea-tree, is a species of shrub or small tree that is endenic to south-eastern Australia. It grows in swamps, along rocky streams and on sheltered slopes from the coast to subalpine parts of Mount Kosciuszko.
Grows to a height of about 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) or a tree up to 10 m (33 ft) tall with smooth bark that is shed in papery strips or flakes.
Flowering occurs from October to January, white flowers and relatively large.
Excellent habitat. Prickly foliage excellent refuge for small birds, particularly dense thickets. Flowers are a good pollen and nectar source for many native insects, including moths and butterflies. Insect-eating birds attracted.
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.