Real World GArdener Lemon Scented Myrtle is Plant of the Week

May 13th, 2015

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Plant of the Week

Backhousia citriodora Lemon Scented Myrtle

 

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This tree has strongly aromatic leaves that can be used in teas, and cooking, such as in biscuits, in Asian cuisine and wherever you like generally.

Leaves from this tree can be used as a substitute for lemongrass in Asian cooking.

 

Not only that, this tree can put on a stunning show of flowers in late spring early summer.

Some councils even grow these as street trees.

They’ve been used for thousands of years by indigenousAustralians.

 

Lemon myrtle in a dried powdered from can be used in baking cakes and biscuits.

One teaspoon of lemon scented myrtle to one cup of flour is recommended.

Backhousia citriodora is slightly frost-tender when young but can be grown outside in frosty areas provided it is planted in a sheltered position in semi-shade.

 

Did you know that several specimens are thriving in the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra in the Rainforest Gully where some protection is provided by the tree canopy and surrounding shrubbery.

Temperatures as low as -8ºC have been recorded in this section of the Gardensduring winter.

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