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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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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 Review & Advice or ask questions on our Forum

Lemon Myrtle

I make a custard by soaking the leaves in milk or drying and grinding the leaves then put in custard... | Victoria Carpenter - Temora, NSW 17-Jun-2020

Lemon Myrtle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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Lemon Myrtle 10/10

Kloe's Edible Fruits
Update: 3517 days 13hrs

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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Rev 's Edible Fruits
Update: 4074 days 17hrs

Comments: -

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


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 5/10

Kate4's Edible Fruits
Update: 3689 days 13hrs

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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VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2937 days 6hrs

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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Kath's Edible Fruits
Update: 2931 days 9hrs

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


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 10/10

WildBuna's Edible Fruits
Update: 2401 days 4hrs

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: 4054 days 20hrs

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 8/10

CountryRoadsFarmstay1's Edible Fruits
Update: 4055 days 11hrs

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) 8/10

Pademelon1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1419 days 13hrs

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: 2081 days 17hrs

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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DavidB says... [3753 days 10hrs ago]
Had to dig this one back out 2 years ago but is still healthy in a pot untill replanted.

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Dekka's Edible Fruits
Update: 4065 days 16hrs

Comments: -

A great  native plant! Great for cooking, fabulous flowers too.


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Lemon Myrtle 5/10

Emma1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3671 days 10hrs

Comments: -

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.

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

When I Fertilise: Never


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 9/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 3171 days 13hrs

Comments: - Scented leaves makes the best tea

Planted: 2010

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 50% in Summer

Pest Control: none

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon Myrtle 9/10

BJ's Edible Fruits
Update: 3874 days 7hrs

Comments: -

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 baked fish.

Planted: 2007

Height 1.3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Nil. Pests like the citrus nearby and leave this one alone.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 10/10

Vickir's Edible Fruits
Update: 3679 days 17hrs

Comments: -

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.

Planted: 2001

Height 6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer


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Kathy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 3184 days 15hrs

Comments: -

Winter 2011: lots of lovely new growth. I think that it might be a combination of having settled into her new pot and loving all of the rain we're having.

Summer 2011: I have flower buds! So exciting!


Planted: 2010

Height 0.75 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: No


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Lemon Myrtle (Grafted) 10/10

Sandyh1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3540 days 6hrs

Comments: -

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

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

How do you get the oil out of the leaves???


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Lemon Myrtle 10/10

Glennis1's Edible Fruits
Update: 913 days 12hrs

Comments: -

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 .



Planted: 2003

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 10/10

Bernadine's Edible Fruits
Update: 3646 days 14hrs

Comments: -

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

Planted: 2004

Height 8 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 10/10

Jan4's Edible Fruits
Update: 2640 days 10hrs

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

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pest Control: Its never been necessary


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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