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Plant Species of the genus Backhousia

Information about this genus
Name: Backhousia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: This genus of rainforest plants does best in rich, well-composted soil, which ensures sufficient moisture is retained to be freely available at all times. Although partial shade is appreciated while young, plants often flower more profusely in full sun. Propagation is by cuttings or by fresh seed.
Description: This genus consists of 7 evergreen species of both shrubs and trees, all of which occur in the subtropical and tropical rainforests of the east coast of Australia. All the members of this genus have a neat attractive habit with white or cream-colored flowers which have prominent stamens and aromatic mid-green foliage. One species, Backhousia citriodora, the lemon-scented myrtle, is now being cultivated commercially for culinary purposes.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Backhousia angustifolia 9-10
Backhousia anisata 9-10
Backhousia citriodora 9-10
Backhousia myrtifolia 9-10
Backhousia sciadophora 9-10

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