Backhousia myrtifolia

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Description

Backhousia myrtifolia is a small rainforest tree species which grows in subtropical rainforests of Eastern Australia. First discovered and subsequently used by the indigenous communities of Australia, this plant produces oils that have a cinnamon-like aroma, and display both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

This tree grows well in most soil and climate conditions, and will tolerate long, dry Summers provided it is watered regularly. Grows best in full sun, but can also thrive under part-shade or full shade. Its ovate leaves start out light and bright green when young, but darken with age. Allowed to grow bushy, this tree makes a wonderful addition to a leafy backyard.

Common Name/s :  Cinnamon myrtle, Grey myrtle

Family :  Myrtaceae

Origin :  Eastern Australia

Habit :   UprightHeight :  Up to 3.0m in height

Width :  Up to 2.0 to 4.0m in width

Growth Rate :  Fast-growing

Foliage :  Its ovate leaves start out light and bright green when young, but darken with age. Allowed to grow bushy, this tree makes a wonderful addition to a leafy backyard. The tree is tolerant of light frosts. Leaves can be harvested as sprigs for use in cooking or crushed and rubbed onto skin used as an insect repellant.

Flowers :  Yes

Flower Description :  These plants will bloom around late Spring to early Summer, the flowers are ivory white starfish-shaped flowers

Flowers colours :  White and Cream

Fruit :  The fruit may be a small brown capsule, a berry that surrounds the ovary that is fleshy or dry and woody.

Position : This tree grows well in most soil and climate conditions, and will tolerate long, dry Summers provided it is watered regularly. Grows best in full sun, but can also thrive under part-shade or full shade. And provides shades once established and grown.

Common Pest And Diseases :  Susceptible to post-harvest browning syndrome – this is a disease resulting in leaf discolouration and wilting.

Soil Type :  Suitable using light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil.

Care And Maintenance :  Mulch and water well upon planting. Continue to water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Prune after flowering to maintain shape and promote dense growth.

Available in Pot Size/s:  250mm;300mm

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