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] This species is also planted along the Central Coast of California in the United States to stabilize sand.[2] It is known there as the Australian teatree.[3]

The full name for the species is Leptospermum laevigatum (Gaertn.) F.Muell.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Weeds Committee. "Weed Identification - Coastal Tea Tree". National Weeds Strategy. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  2. ^ Jepson Manual Treatment
  3. ^ USDA Plants Profile
  4. ^ "Leptospermum laevigatum (Gaertn.) F.Muell.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 

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