Woolly Tea-Tree Zoe Birnie (Greening Australia)

Woolly Tea-tree

Did You Know?

Woolly Tea-tree grows differently under different flooding regimes. In areas that experience more flooding, the plant will typically grow shorter and have more stems!

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A medium sized shrub standing upto 4m tall with stringy bark that often shreds in strips and numerous branchlets with consistent foliage


Narrow and oblanceolate in shape, 4-20 mm long and 1.4-4 mm wide. Leaves are silky with a silvery sheen on both sides  


White flowers of approximately 15 mm diameter, occur densely along the branches.  


Hemispherical woody capsule, 5-8 mm in diameter with a ‘woolly’ outer surface. Woody capsules are typically persistent year round with seed released in pulse events.

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • No flowering
  • Fruiting
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When and Where

When To Look

Flowers from September to February but fruit can be present year-round.

Where To Look

Widespread from coastal areas to swampy riparian zones. Woolly Tea-tree likes water and is tolerant of flooding so is particularly common on heavy soils and floodplains.

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What Else?

Similar Species

Leptospermum grandifolium (Mountain Tea-tree)  – Similar but occurs at higher altitudes and leaves tend to be shorter and more egg shaped.