L.brachyandrum.JPG (25238 bytes)Leptospermum brachyandrum: is a member of the Myrtaceae family. Tea Tree is the accepted common name for plants in this genus.
Leptospermum brachyandrum is a large shrub or small tree. Plants may reach a height of five metres. Trunks lose their bark in strips to reveal a trunk with a smooth surface and coloured in shades of grey and soft pink.
The leaves are linear-lanceolate in shape, aromatic and about five centimetres long. In late spring and early summer white flowers appear. They are seven millimetres wide and are carried on short shoots near the ends of branches. The woody fruit is about four millimetres in diameter. Most Tea Trees retain their fruits but this species sheds its seed as soon as they mature.
Leptospermum brachyandrum is found in widely separated areas from northern New South Wales to north Queensland . The species normally grows along creek banks.
In cultivation Leptospermum brachyandrum will grow successfully in both moist and well-drained situations.
The trunk is the most attractive feature so this Tea Tree should be grown where the trunk is visible and not hidden by other plants.
Propagate from cuttings.