How to Grow Australian Tea Trees (Leptospermum laevigatum)

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Australian tea trees are typically grown in coastal areas, require the use of organic matter when planting and should not be moved. Australian tea trees can thrive in the right environment with tips from a gardening specialist in this free video on trees... View Video Transcript

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Jessica Smith

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Hi I'm Jessica Smith with Blands Nursery in West Jordan, Utah and today we are talking all about trees. Right now we are going to discuss the Australian Tea Tree. Now this is a coastal type of a tree. It doesn't even grow here. Native into Australia obviously, it will get anywhere from about 10 to 30 feet in height and about the same in width. It is a very knotty looking kind of a contorted growing tree. The dried leaves are used to make tea. Now if you are growing in a coastal area and want to try this, go ahead and make sure you use an organic matter when you plant and be aware that once it is there it needs to stay there. It doesn't like to be moved and pruning on it you want to be really careful because sometimes it will not regrowth or resprout off of a pruned cut. Also make sure you let it dry out well in between waterings. It can root rot very easily.