Leptospermum lanigerum, commonly known as Woolly Tea-Tree, is an attractive Australian native shrub that is widely used in landscaping. It grows up to 4 metres tall and has a dense, bushy habit with small, narrow leaves that are grey-green and woolly to the touch. In spring and summer, it produces masses of small white or pink flowers that attract bees and other pollinators. It is hardy and adaptable to a range of soil types and growing conditions, making it a versatile and low-maintenance plant for gardens and public spaces. It can also be pruned to shape or grown as a screen or hedge.
Height: 3-4 m
Width: 2-3 m
Aspect: Prefers a full sun to partial shade position and is tolerant of various soil types, including sandy or clay soils.
Flowers: The flowers are white, small, and numerous, with a diameter of around 1cm. They appear in spring and early summer, and are very attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Uses: Leptospermum lanigerum is often planted as an ornamental tree or shrub, due to its attractive flowers and foliage. It is also a popular choice for hedges, screening, and windbreaks. Additionally, the tree has some medicinal properties, and the leaves have been traditionally used by indigenous Australians to make a tea to treat colds, coughs, and sore throats.