Backhousia citriodora - lemon myrtle

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Hardy, native, fluffy white flowers, lemon-scented foliage - it's easy to see why this tree is so popular.  We always have a wait list when it's out of season. 

Best in subtropical or warm climates with regular rainfall, though these trees will come through a light frost once mature. Meredith in the Latrobe Valley VIC on our Facebook page says she is

"not very far from the snowfields- I have planted two they are doing really well. I believe they won’t get anywhere as large as their tropical cousins."

Note : in the winter months you may see slight colour change on some of the leaves; this is a natural response to the cold and does not affect the health of your plant.


Thank you to everyone on our Facebook page who gave recipe suggestions  for lemon myrtle! Here's how you are using it (it's like MKR and BHG in here) : 

infused in gin; young leaves chopped up finely in shortbread; frozen sorbet; to replace lemon grass in recipes; adding a couple of leaves to pumpkin soup; "makes very nice yogurt"; breadcrumb coatings for chicken, fish, lamb & steak; cheesecake with a macadamia nut base; instead of bay leaf in casseroles; "I made lemon myrtle chocolate for Christmas pressies & it had an amazing after taste kick!"

and for after dinner :

to make tea, soaps, and face cream; "crush the leaves and rub it on your skin as a great mozzie repellent"; using the tea as a floor wash; branches added to the fire pit  - "smells amazing and keeps the mozzies away"

We can't ship this product to South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia.

Backhousia citriodora - lemon scented myrtle

APPEARANCE : Fresh lemon scented foliage with small fluffy white flowers in clusters. Grows as a tree in subtropical climates, and a shrub in cooler ones. These plants are cuttings-grown.
USE FOR : Beautiful in native gardens to attract bird-life. Suitable for large containers when pruned regularly.
CLIMATE : Tolerates light frost once established. Prefers a sheltered position in the garden.
PLANTING : This native shrub is best grown in full sun. Plant in free draining soil rich in organic matter.  A potting mix rich with peat moss or humus is ideal.
CARE : Mulch and water well, prune and fertilise after flowering to promote compact growth. Water well during dry conditions. Easy to maintain.
HEIGHT & WIDTH : 2-8m H x 4-6m W in sunny garden sites. May reach up to 20 metres in its natural shady habitat.
YOUR PLANTS : These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide.
You can see an example in the image gallery.
What is tubestock?

We can't ship this product to South Australia, Tasmania, or Western Australia for biosecurity reasons.

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