Australian Native - Lemon Myrtle - Backhousia citriodora
Australian Native - Lemon Myrtle - Backhousia citriodora
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Australian Native - Lemon Myrtle - Backhousia citriodora

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Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is a rain forest tree, native to sub-tropical Queensland.

Leaves can be harvested all year round and can be used either fresh, dried like a bay leaf, or ground.  Lemon Myrtle makes a delicious healthy tea, or a useful spice in food, and has many reputed natural health benefits. Essential oil distilled from the leaves has a refreshing lemony scent, and has been found to have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.

Harvesting is simple. Just pluck fresh leaves as needed, removing no more than one-third of the plant at a time.  When crushed, leaves should have a distinctively pleasant lemon- lime scent.

It will tolerate full-sun to part shade, and needs protection from frost. Provide moderately fertile, well-drained soil. It has relatively few issues with pests and diseases although it can suffer from myrtle rust.

Form: Tree to 15 Metres High

Aspect: Semi-Shade

Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Well-Drained

 10 seeds per packet