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LEMON MYRTLE

Lemon MyrtleBotanical Name: Backhousia citriadora
Description

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 off 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.
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. For more information follow this link. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust

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Aromatic Foliage (#AromaticFoliage), Bush Food (#BushFood), Edible Leaves (#EdibleLeaves), Grow Full Sun (#GrowFullSun), Grow Part Sun (#GrowPartSun), Leaves Evergreen (#LeavesEvergreen), Pollination Self Fertile (#PollinationSelfFertile)

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Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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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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Customer Comments on Lemon Myrtle

Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. But mainly how to grow a Lemon Myrtle Share Your Advice or ask questions on our Forum

Lemon Myrtle

I now always use fresh lemon myrtle instead of dried bay leaves in savoury dishes - and feel very patriotic. | Jacki Hinchey - Mt Mee, QLD 05-Aug-2008

Lemon Myrtle

One mature leaf plus good sprig of parsely into a small teapot or mug, makes a good quick cuppa the healthiest type | Sue - Banyo, QLD 28-Aug-2009

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon myrtle in home made pasta is divine. | Debera Morrow - , 20-Dec-2009

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. | Natasha - Kureelpa, QLD 30-Mar-2010

Lemon Myrtle

Use dried leaves in curries in leau of Lemon Grass, a zesty taste to die for!! | Anna Sutcliffe - Wagga Wagga, NSW 08-Jul-2010

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!! | Kyla - Brisbane, QLD 28-Sep-2010

Lemon Myrtle

A mosquito repellent as I discovered browsing on the web! Which is why I'm delighted to find it here :) | Elisha - Drummoyne, NSW 09-Apr-2013

Lemon Myrtle

Grind the leaves up (2 tbsp) and add to cheesecake, Devine | Deborah Elizabeth Dowsett - Forest Lake, QLD 27-Aug-2017

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. | David C - The Hills, NSW 21-Mar-2019

Lemon Myrtle

The Royal Family always have a sprig of myrtle in their wedding bouquets | Kim Roberts - Brisbane, qld 07-May-2019
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Lemon Myrtle 10/10

Kloe's Edible Fruits
Update: 3230 days 1hrs

Comments: - 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.

Planted: 2010

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Lemon Myrtle

Rev 's Edible Fruits
Update: 3787 days 5hrs

Comments: -

not hardy in the low valleys. killed by -2c


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 5/10

Kate4's Edible Fruits
Update: 3402 days 1hrs

Comments: -

taste, scent, lovely flowers

Planted: 2009

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No


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Lemon Myrtle (Cutting)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2649 days 18hrs

Comments: -

I've been drinking LM tea for a couple of years, so decided to grow my own. Bought an advanced size, and have harvested immediately. The aroma is fabulous. Plan to experiment as a flavouring in cooking too.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Native fertilizer


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Lemon Myrtle (Cutting)

Kath's Edible Fruits
Update: 2643 days 21hrs

Comments: - I have never seen so many beetles as I have in my flowering lemon myrtle


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Lemon Myrtle 8/10

CountryRoadsFarmstay1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3767 days 23hrs

Comments: -

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

Planted: 2007

Pest Control:

No pest problems as yet

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 10/10

WildBuna's Edible Fruits
Update: 2113 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Great growing and useful native. Great for lemon tea

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon Myrtle 5/10

Garden1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3767 days 8hrs

Comments: -

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

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 8/10

Pademelon1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1132 days 1hrs

Comments: - 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.

Planted: 2015

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Pollination: Self Pollination


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DavidB's Edible Fruits
Update: 1794 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Planted as screen treen and use the leaves often by dehydrating them and storing them or use freash.

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Comments

DavidB says... [3465 days 22hrs ago]
Had to dig this one back out 2 years ago but is still healthy in a pot untill replanted.

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For Further Information:

http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/bushtucker/lemon_myrtle.html
http://www.nativecrops.com.au/industry/inproffd/crops/lemnmyrt.htm
http://www.hotkey.net.au/~bushfood/bushfoodinfo1.html