A genus of about 80 species of woody shrubs and small trees known as Tea Trees. The common name tea-tree derives from the practice of early settlers of soaking the leaves of several species in boiling water to make a tea substitute. Most are endemic to Australia but some are found across south east Asia. They all have five petals and five groups of stamens which alternate with the petals.
They will grow in a wide range of habitats but are most commonly found in moist, low-nutrient soils
Name Derivation: From the Greek leptos (slender) and sperma (seed)
Common Name: Tea Tree
Leptospermum is in the family Myrtaceae.