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Tea Tree, New Zealand (Leptospermum scopari), potted plant, organic

$7.50

Family: Myrtle (Myrtaceae)

Hardy to Zones 7 to 11

(Manuka) Perennial evergreen shrub to small tree, growing to 10 feet tall, native to highland Tasmania, New Zealand and New South Wales in Australia.  Comely plant produces a dense early summer display of blossoms colored white and tinged with red.  Traditional usage (native NZ):  stimulating rub for treating rheumatism and muscular pain.  Bees visit the flowers and then make manuka honey, which is famed worldwide as a tasty medicinal honey, also used externally for treatment of burns, staph infections and sores that are slow to heal.  Sow in spring, in the warm greenhouse, or anytime under lights.
Potted plant, grown from seed, 3-inch pot, nice starters

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    Lois Case

    I would love to find a plant the in Columbia is called golden berry. However, a version I knew as a child, grew on the roadsides of rural Minnesota. We called them ground cherries. I have no idea if they have a medicinal use but boy are they packed with sweet deliciousness. Of course, those were in the days before the use of weed killers and other chemicals. The berries are in papery husks and in the wild at least are little, maybe half an inch in diameter. The Columbian version are tasty but not quite as sweet. Sorry, I don’t have a picture.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Lois, I can relate, there are a lot of different solanacea that make berries in husks and they do have different taste profiles. Sweetness is often a function of ripeness. Here’s a link to goldenberry seed, which I note are still in stock https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/goldenberry-peruvian-physalis-peruviana-packet-of-30-seeds-organic/
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    • Christine

      Will this grow in NW Arkansas?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Christine, I haven’t confirmed that in any way. I am a bit surprised and pleased that it is doing well here in one of our zone 8 gardens. You’re probably a zone 7, it would be iffy.
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    • Ashley (verified owner)

      Hello! I’m in Zone 7b (North AL) and wondered if I should keep Tea Tree is a large planter or if he would do ok in the ground? What sort of sun conditions does he like best? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      should be ok in the ground. does well in full sun. r

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