Fruit Trees

Lemon Myrtle (Edible Leaves) WOW Factor

Lemon Myrtle in Kyogle NSW Australia in 2020

10/10 choice for a a specimen tree (Wow Factor) as shown in this photo in the main street of Kyogle NSW taken by our Daleys staff member Bianca this year. The lemon myrtle occurs naturally throughout coastal Qld rainforests. It is a spectacular ornamental tree due to both its appearance and the superb fragrance of its flowers and leaves. The leaves and flowers are used in sweet and savoury dishes or as a refreshing tea. However as boiling or baking often reduces the flavour. The leaves are best added to the recipe at the end of the cooking process and either left to steam with the lid on or made into a sauce or dressing. It is usually the older and fully hardened-off leaves that are harvested for use. Enthusiasts describe the distilled oil from this tree as 'more lemony than lemon' and its used extensively to scent confectionery, perfumes, aromatherapy oil and food flavourings.
* Botanical Name: Backhousia citriadora
* Can be grown further south as the climate is Subtropical, Warm Temperate.
* Height in the ground 2-5m
* Self Pollinating ( only need 1 tree )
* Yes it can handle frosts but protect them when young.
* Keeps it's leaves even in Winter ( Evergreen )
* Yes to growing in pots
* Only requires moderate watering.
* You can harvest it all throughout the year.
* Full & Part sun positions are ok.
* Negatives: is susceptible to Myrtle Rust
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