Kunzea-Sp.A.JPG (20943 bytes)Kunzea species A: Many years ago we visited the Comboyne Plateau inland from the North Coast of NSW. We were looking at the vegetation along a roadside when we noticed some branches hanging over the road. The leaves were small, aromatic and appeared to be a Myrtaceae of some description. The pendulous foliage was attached to a small tree, unlike any Myrtaceae we knew. As per usual, we collected some material and managed to strike some cuttings. The plant remained a mystery until Volume 2 of the Flora of NSW was published. The species was included in the Myrtaceae section. At present the plant is known as Kunzea species A. Eventually the species will be given a proper botanical title. Kunzea species A is a rare plant and only occurs on the Comboyne Plateau. In the wild Kunzea species A develops into a tree about eight metres tall. This makes it the tallest Kunzea in the world. Our cutting grown specimens have reached a height of about three metres, with multiple stems, in ten years. The branches become covered with small white flowers in summer. The flowers attract a huge range of native insects, including bees, beetles and wasps. The flowers are too small to attract honeybees. Capsules follow the flowers and these release their small seeds as they mature.
Kunzea species A has great horticultural potential. We are going to pass on some cutting material to a local native nursery so that the species may become widely cultivated. The species would be suitable for shrubberies or native hedgerows. It would make an eye-catching addition to a garden as “stand alone” specimen shrub.
Propagate from cuttings.