Melaleuca alternifolia - Medicinal Tea Tree - 400 seeds
Myrtaceae - no shipment to Western Australia or Tasmania
This is a fast growing evergreen shrub growing to 6m tall by 4m across with papery bark and foliage to 2.5cm, originally from northern NSW and southern Queensland but is now extensively cultivated for its high volume high quality tea tree oil. It has attractive white bottlebrush-like flowers to 5cm in the Summer, temperate climates are preferred but almost any soil from soggy to sandy are suitable.
Medicinal Tea Tree is the source of Tea Tree Oil (TTO) which has a wide application as an anti-microbial. The Indigenous Australians in eastern inland areas use "Tea Trees" as a traditional medicine by inhaling the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds.
They also sprinkle leaves on wounds, after which a poultice is applied, in addition, tea tree leaves are soaked to make an infusion to treat sore throats or skin ailments.
During war time when effective medicines were in short supply medicinal tea tree oil or extracts were used for treating a wide range of infections and increasing scientific research of tea tree oil and its operative component TTO has established its place as a natural alternative for treatment of a wide range of infections in the post-antibiotic age.
Approximately 400 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.