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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Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
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Can be pruned to 2m
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Sun or Shade
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February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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Customer Comments on 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
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
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
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 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
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
Grind the leaves up (2 tbsp) and add to cheesecake, Devine | Deborah Elizabeth Dowsett - Forest Lake, QLD 27-Aug-2017
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
The Royal Family always have a sprig of myrtle in their wedding bouquets | Kim Roberts - Brisbane, qld 07-May-2019
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