Slender Tea-tree, Grey Tea-tree, Slender Tea Tree, Slender Teatree.
Leptospermum, from Greek leptos, slender, and sperma, seed, referring to narrow seeds of some species. Brevipes, from Latin brevis, short, referring to stalks.
Up to 4m.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the upper Murray areas Paddy"s River-Burra Valley; Tooma; Lower Tooma-Greg Greg and Bringenbrong-Khancoban.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic.
Dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and shrubland, mostly on rocky granite outcrops.
Shrub or small tree to 4m high with smooth bark, reddish drooping branchlets and leaves mostly 1-2cm long.
Poor soils near streams. Sensitive to heavy frost when young. Tolerates limited periods of dryness.
Hardy and fast-growing. Invasive in some areas and where stocking rates low.
Throughout year as seeds generally retained. Seed extremely viable and remain so for many years in storage.
From seed or cuttings, which strike readily. Sow light scattering of seeds and cover lightly. Germinates in 2-5 weeks. Capillary watering should benefit seed. Suitable for direct seeding into pots.
From seed. Regenerates quickly.
Shade and shelter
Excellent low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful in controlling streambank erosion due to soil-binding fibrous roots.
Excellent streamside habitat. Shade and insect source for fish. Flowers are a good pollen source for many insects, including moths and butterflies, and nectar source for birds.
Attractive ornamental for gardens, due to young reddish foliage and graceful habit. Prune to encourage bushiness.
Cut foliage decorative and dries well. Leaves and young shoots reputedly useful in treating urinary complaints in colonial medicine.