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Leptospermum ‘Lemon Hedge’

(cultivar)

Family: Myrtaceae

Leptospermum ‘Lemon Hedge’ is a narrow, upright shrub to 2.5–3 metres tall and 1–1.5 m wide with light green foliage which can have red tips. It does have small white flowers, but is grown for the foliage rather than the flowers. It is a selected form of the taller Leptospermum petersonii.

Like most Leptospermum species, ‘Lemon Hedges’ is tough and hardy, and suitable for a wide range of positions.

In the garden

It is fast growing, and so makes an ideal soft screen in a narrow space beside a driveway or fence. Plant about 1–1.5 m apart. It is naturally well-branched, but tip prune for more density and a hedge effect.

It can be affected by webbing caterpillars, so keep a close eye on plants and pull off any affected foliage before an infestation gets too bad

It is lovely planted where sunlight can reflect off the leaves.

Propagation

Grow by cutting.

Other information

Many Leptospermum species have an ability to regenerate vegetatively after fire with suckering basal growth and branch-shoots. They will also regenerate by seed.

The general common name, Teatree, derives from the practice of early Australian settlers who soaked the leaves of several species in boiling water to make a herbal tea.

Leptospermum – derived from the Greek words leptos (λεπτός) meaning “thin”, “fine” or “slender” and sperma (σπέρμα) meaning “seed”, referring to the thin brown seeds of the genus.

‘Lemon Hedge’ – refers to both the light coloured foliage and the lemon scent, and use as screening plant.

Plants in a Box – Leptospermum petersonii ‘Lemon Hedge’ plant sales page https://plantsinabox.com.au/products/leptospermum-petersonii-lemon-hedge-plant-pack

Australian National Botanic Gardens – Leptospermum profile page https://www.anbg.gov.au/leptospermum/

By Rhonda Daniels