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Coast Tea-tree

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Scientific name
Leptospermum laevigatum
Common name
Coast Tea-tree
Plants that Clothe the Bluff
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Plant Form
Tree
Where to find
Across the entire Bluff
Foliage
Thick, flat, dull green, paddle-shaped leaves arranged alternately along the stem
Flower
Stalkless white five petalled flowers in pairs to 20 mm wide
Size
H 2 – 3 m x W 2 – 4 m
Flowering
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Description
When flowering, Coast Tea-trees are covered in masses of attractive white flowers. Its often twisted, gnarled trunk is a sculptured feature along the coast. The flowers are followed by woody fruit capsules.

Coast Tea-tree is a nectar plant for butterflies and is an important part of the sand dune system. However, due to lack of fire and poor land management, it has spread rapidly since European settlement to become an environmental weed in many inland parts of the Bellarine Peninsula.

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