Backhousia citriodora: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as Lemon Myrtle. The species figures prominently in bush tucker recipes.
Backhousia citriodora may grow into a medium-sized tree about 15 metres tall. In southern Australia plants will not reach this lofty height but usually grow into bush shrubs.
Lemon Myrtle has elliptical leaves, up to 10 centimetres long, opposite and strongly lemon scented. In summer plants produce masses of white flowers. They are about 1 centimetre across and appear in clusters at the ends of branches.
Backhousia citriodora is found in rainforests between Brisbane and Mackay, Queensland.
Lemon Myrtle is an attractive native plant and is grown for its flowers and foliage perfume. The species is also grown commercially for the extraction of the lemon perfume.
In colder areas Lemon Myrtle may be cut by frosts. In these situations it would be best grown in a container on a patio or other sheltered positions.
This is one species that we have not grown at Yallaroo. We intend growing a specimen in a container on our back patio. This area is already home to a number of Syzygium species in containers. They are close relatives of the Lemon Myrtle.
The photo is of a plant growing in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour.
Propagate from cuttings.