Coastal Tea-Tree or Victorian Tea Tree

SKU: N 604
Stock: In Stock
Restrictions: NZ Prohibited

Family: Myrtaceae
Characteristics: Large shrub or small tree 1.5-6 metres

Seed per packet: Fine seed, hundreds
Seed per gram: Fine seed, thousands

$4.25 AUD Excl. GST

Typically forms a habit of a large shrub or multi-stemmed small tree with spreading branches and papery brown bark that becomes thick and grey on the trunk. Blue-green or grey-green, elliptical foliage 1-3 cm long with new growth having silky hairs.
Five petalled white flowers with a pink-red ring around the green centre receptacle occur in a spectacular display on short stalks from the leaf axils from mid-winter to mid-spring.

Hardy in a range of climates and soils but prefers a light moist soil in a sunny or partly shaded position. Drought resistant and frost tolerant to -7°C

Originates from South Eastern Australia but now occurs in the wild as an introduces species though Southern and Western Australia.

Grow notes:

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right condition.

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.

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