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BACKHOUSIA
 
All species of Scented Myrtles grow in the rainforest along the eastern coast. They are bushy trees or shrubs with dense clusters of flowers. After flowering, a calyx lobe persists resembling the flowers.
Backhousia citriodora and Backhousia anisata have highly scented leaves when crushed and are now used in the bush food industry.
They all make great garden subjects. A hedge of Backhousia citriodora, Backhousia bancrofti or Backhousia myrtifolia looks very good.
 
Plant Name
Plant Description
Plant Image
Backhousia
bancroftii
JOHNSTONE RIVER HARDWOOD
 
A bushy tree for average soil in a sunny or part shaded position. Clusters of ceamy-white flowers are followed by persistent calyx lobes. Spectacular when in flower. Useful for specimen tree.
 
Height 10m Width 6m  BUSHY TREE
Backhousia bancroftii
Johnston River Almond
Fairhill Native Plants
Backhousia
citriadora
LEMON SCENTED MYRTLE
 
A bushy shrub with lemon scented foliage and clusters of creamy white flowers in summer. White calyxlobes remain long after flowering. Ideal for wind or visual breaks. Will grow on most soils. One of the most popular bush foods.
 
Height 6m Width 2m  BUSHY TREE
 
Backhousia citriodora
Lemon Scented Myrtle
Fairhill Native Plants
Backhousia
myrtifolia
GREY MYRTLE
 
Tall bushy shrub for average conditions. Covered in creamy white flowers in spring followed by persistent calyx lobes. Likes a sunny or part shaded position. Useful for a wind break or hedge.
 
Height 4m Width 3m   TALL SHRUB
Backhousia myrtifolia
Fairhill Native Plants