Cooloola City Farm is overstocked with Leptospermums!

Leptospermum liversidgei is a neat shrub that grows to two metres, has strong lemon-scented leaves, suits poorly drained areas and provides small white flowers attractive when cut Image Mary Boyce

Leptospermum liversidgei is a neat shrub that grows to two metres, has strong lemon-scented leaves, suits poorly drained areas and provides small white flowers attractive when cut Image Mary Boyce

We have tubes of Leptospermum liversidgei, polygalifolium, speciosum and whitei for sale for just $1 a tube. Please come in, help us clear our shelves and gain an attractive small shrub or two at a great price.

To encourage you, what follows is a little about Leptospermums generally and some notes on the specific plants for sale.

Australia has about 80 species of Leptospermum and the genus also occurs in New Zealand and South-East Asia.

Early settlers used the aromatic leaves of some Leptospermum species to make tea, hence its common name of tea tree.

These shrubs are hardy and often compact, thus making good screens and hedges and they tolerate most soils and conditions.

Flowers are attractive and range from white through to pink, red and purple.

Leptospermum polygalifolium is a rounded shrub that grows to four metres, offers many white flowers, pretty when cut and is a good hedge or feature plant.

Leptospermum speciosum is a dense shrub growing to two metres with heads of small white flowers, and attractive foliage. It is a good hedge plant and can tolerate damp soil.

Leptospermum whitei grows to three metres and has white flowers in small groups and can cope with swampy soil

City Farm, located opposite the Community Centre on Tin Can Bay Road is open to the public for plant sales every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 3pm. Call 5486 2304 or email ccfni09@gmail.com.  www.cooloolacityfarm.org