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.
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.
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.
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