Leptospermums are a group of native plants that are often overlooked. You may know them as Tea Trees, but that’s a very generic name that also applies to some Melaleucas. There are in fact over 80 species of Leptospermum in Australia and they occur in every state, including a couple of international ones which occur in Malaysia and New Zealand. By the way, the one from New Zealand is called Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) and is used to make that very expensive Manuka honey. Closer to home we also have two famous Leptospermums that many people will be familiar with.
When we think of Tea Trees, most of us think about good old tea tree oil. The home remedy that fixes almost anything. The popularity of this one type of tea tree, (called Melaleuca alternifolia) is amazing, but unfortunately it’s so famous it overshadows its lesser known cousins; Tea Trees who just haven’t made it to the big time yet.