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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Leptospermum continentale
synonym:   Leptospermum juniperinum
Common Name:Prickly Tea-tree
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Tall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Clay, Moist, Wet, Well Drained
1.2 m x 1.2
Foliage:Rigid prickly leaves, narrowly egg-shaped, broadest at base, concave, tiny teeth along the margins, 5-13 mm x 1-3.5 mm
Flowers:White flowers massed along stems, petals and sepals white, calyx and capsule hairless, capsules flaky with age, becoming rough, October-December

Dense or straggling shrub.  Narrow upright prickly shrub with smooth bark on smaller stems, shedding in stringy strips.  Birds like the insects it attracts.  Nectar for butterflies.  An adaptable plant which can be very narrow, or more bushy. Pruning beneficial. Excellent habitat plant or for directing pedestrian traffic. Very floriferous.

This plant may be a variation of "Leptospermum scoparium".

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  6. Australian National Botanic Garden
  7. iNaturalist
  8. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)
Leptospermum scoparium

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