New Zealand Tea Tree
Also known as
Broom Teatree, Manuka, Tea Tree Wit Teebos, Teebos (Afr.), Australian tea tree, Tea tree
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This plant has a mild fragrance
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New Zealand Tea Tree Overview
These lovely shrubs love acid soil and should be planted with acid compost and mulched with pine needles. A popular garden choice used mainly for its attractive and finely textured foliage and the ornamental flowers. The foliage is aromatic and releases the classic tea tree smell when agitated.
Common problems with New Zealand Tea Tree
Very prone to attack by webbing caterpillars.
How to harvest New Zealand Tea Tree
Harvest seeds during major peak of fruit formation in late winter-spring and in autumn.
How to propagate New Zealand Tea Tree
Seeds are light, wind-dispersed and numerous. Seeds germinate in bare patches in nature. Seeds germinate readily and should be shallow.
Cultivars must be cutting-grown to retain clonal properties. Take softwood cuttings during spring.
Special features of New Zealand Tea Tree
Suitable for hedges as it has good wind-resistance.
Other uses of New Zealand Tea Tree
Ornamental, cutting bed, dried arrangements, border
It is antibacterial and antifungal and most of the plant is used medicinally by Maori's, indigenous tribes and peoples of New Zealand.
The smoke of the wood is used to flavour chicken and meats. The bark is chewed to relax and improve sleep.