Paten Park Native Nursery - 57 Paten Road, Paten Park, The Gap, QLD 4061
Paten Park Native Nursery

Leptospermum juniperinum

Leptospermum juniperinum
Leptospermum juniperinum, Mooloolah River National Park, Oct 2016

A "Prickly Tea-Tree", these are usually upright, straggly shrubs with stiff-pointed leaves. Their flowers, borne along the branches from late spring into summer, are found attractive by native bees. The flowers shown here are at the start of the season, and white orbs of unopened buds can be seen speckling the shrub in the background.

Prickly Tea-trees are found in coastal swamps and sandy peat soils from Fraser Island to eastern Victoria.
While they are quite tolerant of waterlogging, they are much less so of drying out. Here in the nursery, our L. juniperinum seedlings are quick to show their discontent if they receive any less than their fair share of water.

Photo and text by N. Murphy