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
Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Well-Drained
10 seeds per packet