Lemon Myrtle

Backhousia citriadora

Lemon Myrtle as a feature plant in the main street at Kyogle NSW Australia

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.

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Specifications of Lemon Myrtle

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas SA, WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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Extra Information

Warning This species is susceptible to Myrtle Rust. It has been observed in the field with moderate to severe damage and will require ongoing treatment to control the rust.

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust

Lemon Myrtle Reviews & Tips

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Julie
★★★★★ 5months ago

Mount Surprise , QLD, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

Have bought over 20 from Daley's know and couldn't be happier, iam up in remote FNQ, the soils quite poor but they are all thriving, can't wait to get some more in

Rosemarie Leahy
★★★★★ 6months ago

Gympie , QLD, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

My potted lemon Myrtle that I purchased from Daleys last year has already reached a height of 1700 x 900 wide . Such a magnificient tree and has grown so quickly . Buds are beginning to form for a second time . So happy with this beautiful tree .

Victoria Carpenter
9months ago

Temora, NSW, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

I make a custard by soaking the leaves in milk or drying and grinding the leaves then put in custard...

Kim Roberts
1y ago

Brisbane, qld, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

The Royal Family always have a sprig of myrtle in their wedding bouquets

David C
2y ago

The Hills, NSW, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

New growing tips, say first 4 leaves, as a flavouring in kombucha along with pieces of your favourite berry, ginger and thyme.Adjust amounts to suit taste.

Debd671
★★★ 2y ago

FOREST LAKE, QLD, Australia

fast growing, used for cheesecake, biscuits and teas and had medicinal purposes

Deborah Elizabeth Dowsett
3y ago

Forest Lake, QLD, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

Grind the leaves up (2 tbsp) and add to cheesecake, Devine

Pademelon1
★★★★ 5y ago

PADDINGTON, NSW

Looks very promising, but a lack of sun, watering and attention has caused it to grow slowly. Very beautiful even when so small, the leaves turning from almost furry to very glossy over time.

WildBuna
★★★★★ 7y ago

BARELLAN POINT, QLD, Australia

Great growing and useful native. Great for lemon tea

Jan4
★★★★★ 7y ago

Mt Gipps, Qld

Easy to grow and useful for tea, cordial ,flavouring. It fits into a bush garden very well and looks attractive

Elisha
8y ago

Drummoyne, NSW, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

A mosquito repellent as I discovered browsing on the web! Which is why I'm delighted to find it here :)

Glennis1
★★★★★ 9y ago

MANLY WEST, QLD, Australia

Height 4 mts (20/11/2012) I have used the leaves to make lemonade ice block s for the kids . Infuse some in boiling water and then discard the leaves then freeze it .

HappyEarth
★★★★ 9y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

Scented leaves makes the best tea

Kloe
★★★★★ 10y ago

Adelaide, SA

This is a stunning tree.  The growth this season has been very fast, despite regular harvesting of the leaves for cooking and tea.  Very low maintenance and extremely hardy.

sandyh1
★★★★★ 10y ago

MOUNT ISA, qld, australia

It is such a delicious and refreshing tea made from the leaves. It flowered for the 1st time in Nov2010 and was truly a lovely sight

Kyla
10y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle Panacotta (dessert) - to die for. Subtle flavour and I was surprised by how much flavour I got out of the leaves by just a few minutes over the heat. I thought I was going to have to grind them. Definitely try it!!

bernadine
★★★★★ 10y ago

Cleveland, Qld, Aus

Love the perfume of the leaves and the wonderful state of the leaves

Emma1
★★ 10y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

I absolutely love the smell of the leaves when crushed. This plant demands more water than I give it, and always looks slightly wilted, but I did plant it on thery poor soil and is competing with another tree.

Vickir
★★★★★ 10y ago

Hornsby, NSW, Australia

I love the smell of the leaves when crushed. I use them dried in cooking and add to tea. Better flavour than lemons. Lovely when it flowers in autumn. Stands up to weather extremes. Pest free.

kate4
★★ 10y ago

cedar pocket, qld, australia

taste, scent, lovely flowers

Anna Sutcliffe
10y ago

Wagga Wagga, NSW

Lemon Myrtle

Use dried leaves in curries in leau of Lemon Grass, a zesty taste to die for!!

Natasha
11y ago

Kureelpa, QLD, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

A lady told me that she puts a handful of leaves under her ironing board cover to give a fresh lift to clothes. I use a hand-towel between the layers though as I worry about any oils that may seep through.

BJ
★★★★ 11y ago

Keperra, QLD, Australia

Planted in the back corner of the yard in a fairly dry, medium to low sun, dry soil position and left mostly to its own devices. Slow grower but coming along strong now. Great smell and flavour for any bay leaf x lemon dishes I cook - especially BBQ ba...

Debera Morrow
11y ago

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Lemon Myrtle

Lemon myrtle in home made pasta is divine.

Sue
11y ago

Banyo, QLD

Lemon Myrtle

One mature leaf plus good sprig of parsely into a small teapot or mug, makes a good quick cuppa the healthiest type

Garden1
★★ 11y ago

Mooloolaba, QLD, Australia

Dont know why it died, I put it in a large pot in a sunny spot, maybe just not suited to pots.

CountryRoadsFarmstay1
★★★★ 11y ago

Nabiac, NSW, Australia

Has toughed out waterlogging and still going well. Smells divine, a real heart starter.

Jacki Hinchey
12y ago

Mt Mee, QLD, Australia, Australia

Lemon Myrtle

I now always use fresh lemon myrtle instead of dried bay leaves in savoury dishes - and feel very patriotic.

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