seeds of Leptospermum scoparium, Manuka, Tea tree, Broom tea tree

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Leptospermum scoparium, also called Tea tree or Broom tea tree, is a plant species that belongs to the family Myrtaceae. Leptospermum scoparium has several synonyms including Leptospermum bullatum Fitzh, Leptospermum floribundum Salisb, and Leptospermum linfolium (Sol) Dum. Cours. Originally from Australia and New Zealand, this flowering plant also goes by the name Manuka, New Zealand tea tree or Manuka myrtle. Leptospermum scoparium is distributed all over New Zealand and to a lesser extent in Australia. The places in Australia where Leptospermum scoparium grows include Tasmania, New South Wales, and Victoria. Leptospermum scoparium is an evergreen shrub that can grow to a height of 2 to 5 metres. The plant can, however, further develop into a tree and reach heights of up to 15 metres. The leaves and flowers are small with the latter being white or occasionally pink. Each flower has a diameter of 8 to 15 mm while the leaves have a length of 7 to 20 mm and a width of 2 to 6 mm. The branches of the plant are dense and composed of hard wood. Leptospermum scoparium acquired the name Tea tree when Captain Cook, a British Navigator, attempted to use its leaves to make tea. The results were found to be excellent then as they are now. The plant’s stem is often susceptible to attacks by insects which often leads to sweet manna oozing out. One can gather the manna oozing out of the leaves and gather it. A greenish-yellow and greenish black dye can be obtained for the leaves and flowers respectively. Leptospermum scoparium can also serve as an ornamental plant or a hedge when well grown and adequately trimmed. Leptospermum scoparium grows best in soils that are loamy with a bit of sand. A bit of acidity of neutrality in the soil is also preferable.
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