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Lemon Scented Myrtle
Characteristics: Tree 8-15 m Spread 5 m
Seeds per packets: 15
A tree that gives fragrance all year around with an erect, sturdy stem and a densely textured crown, dark green leathery gloss leave which are strongly lemon scented.
Flowers occur profusely in clusters during spring and summer.
Widely cultivated the Lemon myrtle is well known for its bushfood flavours and can be used for herbal infusions and for food flavouring.
As an antiseptic, the oil is 16 times stronger than phenol.
Endemic to Queensland.
Prefers a medium to heavy soil in a well-drained protected sunny position, drought and frost tender.
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 18-23°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.