Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Ironwood)

An Australian native tree, an evergreen rainforest plant, commonly referred to as Lemon Mytrle continues to amaze me.  Most recently I came across a grove of the immature trees that circled a fire circle within a NSW Public School.  Enquiries of one of the members of staff revealed the trees to be approximately three years old.  Some of the trees continued to hold their descriptive tag:

DESCRIPTION: This versatile plant is grown for its outstanding creamy-white flower display in summer.  The dark green leaves are often red when young and emit brilliant, citrus aroma.  A slow growing, attractive tree or bushy shrub.
One of sixteen Lemon Ironwood that are planted in an arc around a fire circle

The tag explained that the tree can grow in height to 10 metres with a mature width of 5 metres.  At an age of three years the tress had not yet reached a height of 1.6 metres.  They were planted in full sun, in sandy, well-drained soil.  Adjacent Davidson Plum trees were clearly burnt by the sun exposure.

I was fortunate to have someone harvest leaves for me.  These leaves were immediately set to dry for later processing into a crushed form.
Dried Lemon Myrtle leaves

If you intent to view the trees please be mindful that it is inclosed land and that you therefore need permission to access.

Shalom,
Ozhamada

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