Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Backhousia anisata, Aniseed Tree

Backhousia anisata, Aniseed Myrtle Tree
Under garden conditions this makes for an interesting small tree growing to about 8 metres. It responds well to pruning like many of its "lilly-pilly' cousins and has potential for use as a very aromatic hedge plant. New growth is pale which stands out well against the darker stems.
This tree is rare in the wild and is found in isolated communities in the Nambucca and Bellinger River valleys in north-east New South Wales. Growth in the garden may be slow at first but given some fertilizer and mulch it becomes well established after a couple of years.
It will tolerate light frosts.

2017 update: I am currently out of stock of this.

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