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Alpine Tea Tree
Characteristics: Variable shrub prostrate to erect 50 cm-1.5 m spread 1.5 m
Seed per packet: 100
Variable in habit from prostate in sub-alpine conditions to an erect in more favourable conditions with small aromatic ovate leaves which turns to bronze or purple in autumn.
White fragrant flowers occur profusely in the upper leaf axils during summer.
Endemic to Tasmania.
Prefers a light to medium soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant. Cold hardy. Tolerant of sub-alpine conditions.
Photo credit John Harrison CC-BY-SA-3.0
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
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.