Leptospermum laevigatum

Leptospermum laevigatum_Neal Kramer
Photo: Neal Kramer

Common names: Australian tea tree

Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian tea tree) is a shrub (family Myrtaceae) with white flowers and narrow leaves found in the San Francisco Bay area and central and south coast ranges of California. It is native to southeastern Australia. It grows in dunes. Its seeds are spread via wind, vehicles, soil movement, water and dumped garden waste.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

There are no Symposium presentations associated with this species yet.

Other Leptospermum laevigatum Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Leptospermum laevigatum_flowers and leaves_copyright 2013_NealKramer
    Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian tea tree) flowers and leaves. Photo: &#169 2013 Neal Kramer
    Leptospermum laevigatum_fruits_copyright2008_NealKramer
    Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian tea tree) fruits. Photo: &#169 2008 Neal Kramer