Common Name: Manuka
Scientific Name: Leptospermum scoparium
Height at Maturity: 2 – 5 meters
Time to Maturity: 10 years +
Growth Rate: Medium
Habitat: Growing throughout NZ in altitudes up to 1800m in basically all soil types, it is a great regenerative tree.
Domesticated Uses: Beautiful tree in the garden, especially to help out the bees and geckos.
Medicinal Uses: Well established for medicinal honey with great skin, cough and digestive properties.
Forest Uses: Fantastic for regenerative areas in cleared land, slips and fires. One of the first trees to come back and create a natural nursery for the second generation of the forest to come through.
Flowering: November to January
Birds Life: Manuka provides food sources for bees and insects. The insects in turn support a bird population.
Planting Instructions: Once they are of a reasonable size they can be planted. Make sure they are kept free of weeds until they can get on top of them. Great for beating gorse.
Waterway management: Due to the antimicrobial properties in the roots (similar to those that end up in the honey), Manuka and Kanuka roots extracts E Coli and other pathogens after 5 and 8 days respectively. This is compared to Rye grass (pasture) taking 93 days. Also provides significant reductions in Nitrogen runoff. Read more here