Leptospermum laevigatum

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Leptospermum laevigatum
Leptospermum laevigatum flowers and foliage.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Leptospermum
Species: L. laevigatum
Binomial name
Leptospermum laevigatum
(Gaertn.) F.Muell.

Leptospermum laevigatum, commonly known as the coastal tea tree, is a woody shrub or small tree of the myrtaceae family native to eastern Australia. Salt-resistant and very hardy, it is commonly used in amenities plantings and coastal plantings. It has also been used in Western Australia where it has become a weed.[1]

The full name for the species is Leptospermum laevigatum (Gaertn.) F.Muell.[2]

The shrub or tree typically grows to a height of 1.5 to 6 metres (5 to 20 ft). It blooms between April and October producing white-pink flowers.[3]


The Coastal Tea Tree is found in all states and territories of Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory, although is considerable prominent throughout the South-East Coastline of Australia, see Atlas of Living Australia for distribution. As a highly invasive species it is found in other countries and parts of the world.[4]

This species has been planted along the Central Coast of California in the United States to stabilize sand.[5] It is known there as the Australian tea tree.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Weeds Committee. "Weed Identification - Coastal Tea Tree". National Weeds Strategy. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Leptospermum laevigatum (Gaertn.) F.Muell.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ "Leptospermum laevigatum". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  4. ^ http://bie.ala.org.au/species/http://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2905839
  5. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment
  6. ^ USDA Plants Profile

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