Lemon-scented Tea-tree, Tantoon, Tantoon Teatree, Yellow Tea Tree.
Leptospermum polygalifolium, Leptospermum flavescens.
From Latin meaning leaves similar to those in genus Polygale.
Presence in Australia
Noted in Munderoo district. Possibly also in surrounding areas.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic.
Sandy soil or on sandstone or basalt soils, and along rocky watercourses.
Shrub or small tree 1-7m high with firm, but soft smooth bark. Narrow leaves 5-20 mm long.
Fast-growing. Lifespan up to several decades.
Aug-Jan. Often profuse and honey-scented.
From seed or cuttings.
Shade and shelter
Good low-level cover in windbreaks.
Excellent for stabilising creeks and riverbanks due to soil-binding fibrous roots. It also protects banks as it is flexible enough to lie down in floods due to the weight of fast-flowing water.
Close-grained, hard, tough and light-coloured.
Good streamside habitat.
Attractive garden specimen. Prune to encourage bushiness.
Lemon-scented leaves occasionally used as tea substitute in colonial times.