Leptospermum myrsinoides|Heath or Silky Tea-tree

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Small wiry to compact shrub with smooth bark on smaller stems, shedding in stringy strips.
Size (W x H)
1m x 0.5-2.5m
Leaves narrowly egg-shaped, broader towards the tip, pointed, concave, 3-13mm x 1-4mm.
Masses of open flowers to 15mm across, sepals tiny, hairy only on base of calyx. Capsules not persistent.
Flower colour
White to pink
Flower time
September to November
Growing conditions
Moist sandy soil in heathlands. Light frost. Full sun to semi shade.
Commonly used for
Attractive in open moist soil, tolerating poor drainage. Good for bog gardens. Pruning beneficial.
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