Leptospermum continentale|Prickly Tea-tree

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Narrow upright prickly shrub with smooth bark on smaller stems, shedding in stringy strips.
Size (W x H)
1-2m x 1-4m
Rigid prickly leaves, narrowly egg-shaped, broadest at base, concave, tiny teeth along the margins, 5-13mm x 1-3.5mm.
Flowers massed along stems, petals and sepals white, calyx and capsule hairless.
Flower colour
Flower time
October to March
Growing conditions
Well drained to moist sandy and light clay soils. Widespread in woodland, heathlands and beside watercourses. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun to partial shade.
Commonly used for
An adaptable plant which can be very narrow, or more bushy. Pruning beneficial. Excellent habitat plant or for directing pedestrian traffic. Very floriferous.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory