Burgan, Tree Manuba, Tree Manuka, White Tea Tree, White Teatree.
Kunzea ericoides, Leptospermum phylicoides.
Kunzea, after Dr Gustav Kunze (1793-1851), professor of medicine and botany, Leipzig. Ericoides, Erica-like foliage (the Old World heaths).
Up to 5m.
Presence in Australia
Mainly east of the Hume Highway in the Murray region. Also around Holbrook district.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Heath and sclerophyll forest, common at higher elevations, often along watercourses.
Tall shrub or small tree to 5m high. Dense or open foliage.
Valley slopes, dry ridges and streambanks. Tolerates frost, wet and dry conditions.
Jan-Apr. Monitor closely as seeds released soon after maturity.
From seed, which germinates readily, or cuttings of young wood.
From seed, shed annually, and coppice after fire. Quickly colonises bare areas.
Shade and shelter
Excellent fast-growing low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful in controlling streambank and gully erosion due to soil-binding fibrous roots.
Excellent habitat. Dense foliage excellent refuge for small birds. Flowers are a good nectar source for honeyeaters and native insects, including moths and butterflies. Insect-eating birds attracted.
Kangaroo spears, fighting sticks, waddys and fighting boomerangs made from wood.
Specimen ornamental for screening, hedges and bog gardens. Attractive background foliage and conspicuous summer flowers. Responds to hard pruning and slow-release fertilisers.