Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is another delightful small native tree with a gorgeous creamy flower and strong lemon-scented leaves.
It can be used as a screen, hedge or feature tree.
The leaves have fantastic antifungal and antimicrobial properties comparable to tea tree oil and are often use in shampoos, body lotions, soaps and household cleaners.
The fresh leaves are fantastic as a herb.
They can be used as a substitute for bay leaves in cooking, albeit with a different lemon flavour.
Mixed with pepperberries they make a perfect seasoning for fish, chips, chicken and roast vegetables.
To preserve for later use, first cool-dry the leaves and then grind them to a powder.
The leaves have a fresh creamy lemon-lime flavour that goes well with both savoury and dessert dishes.
They are rich in calcium, lutein, folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, essential minerals and antioxidants.
has excellent growing instructions, including their preference for
dappled shade, frost protection for young trees, well-drained soil,
organic compost and mulching to keep the soil moist.
They can grow to about 4 metres in height, and 2 metres wide, and prune well.
Keep an eye out for aphids, and sooty mould.
Height: Medium, Tall
Leaf Size: Large
FunctionsBush Tucker: Yes
Edible Flower: Yes
Uses: Herb, Tea, Citrus, Medicinal
Fire Retardant: Unknown
GrowingClimate Zone: Subtropical, Warm Temperate
Planting Season: Spring, Autumn, Winter
Harvesting Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Sun/Shade: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil: Well Drained
Frost Tolerant: A Little
Time to Maturity: 2-3yrs
Watering Preference: Moderate