Backhousia Citriodora – Lemon Myrtle

Backhousia citriodora is an attractive native large shrub that includes profuse flowers in summer. This plant is commonly known as Lemon myrtle and belongs from Myrtaceae family. This plant is widely grown within rainforests of the coastal Queensland through Brisbane to Mackay. This kind of plant appears in both small and medium native plant. This Tree is mostly used in decorative purposes due to its compact shape and fragrant leaves.

Height: 4 to 6 meter and Width: 3 to 5 meter

Uses: This plant is having several uses include screening, feature tree, good food source for inhabitant wildlife and its leaves used in flavouring cooking.

Planting tips: Good availability of water and right climatic conditions are ideal for this plant.

Soil type: This plant prefers moist and well drained soil for quick and healthy growth.

Aspect: Full sun or semi shade is required.

Pruning: Early, regular shaping is helpful for this plant development and productivity.

Water requirement: Regular watering before establishment and blooming time keeps this plant healthy and green.

Feeding:  Small amount of fertiliser released annually can help keep this plant healthy.

Pests and problems: Long dry periods can cause problems for this plant.

Climate:  Coastal Queensland through Brisbane to Mackay like Australia regions is suitable for this plant’s growth.

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