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Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Herb in 1 Litre Pot

Tea Tree is native to Australia, where it thrives in the areas along streams and in swampy marshlands. As the climate in the UK is that much cooler than Australia, Tea Tree would need to be treated as a tender plant and brought indoors over the winter months.

The slender trunk holds elegant branches with green linear leaves that are long and narrow. It is related to the mrytle and Tea tree will flower with white blooms that go on to produce cup-shaped fruit, but it is unlikely to flower in a cooler climate. It is a shrub which given the right conditions will grow to 2 metres in height.

Tea Tree is also known as narrow-leaved paperbark, narrow-leaved tea-tree, narrow-leaved ti-tree, or snow-in-summer. 

Herb Usage

Tea Tree is most notable for its essential oil which reputed to be both anti-fungal and antibiotic. This is produced on a commercial scale, and marketed as Tea Tree Oil. It has been used in Australia as a traditional medicine by the indigenous people to treat coughs and colds , in a poutice to treat wounds, or as an infusion for sore throats and skin aliments. 

Tea tree oil is commonly used as a topical antiseptic agent because of its antimicrobial properties, especially in the treatment of acne. It is also known to reduce inflammation and may be effective in the treatment of fungal infections such as Athletes foot.

 Buy Tea Tree Online

Our Potted Tea Tree Herb Plants are generally available to buy online between March and September


Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Free draining soil
Flower Colour White
Height 200cm
Spread 150cm
Latin Name Melaleuca alternifolia
Hardiness RHS rating H2 - Tender - Keep frost free
Culinary None
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Aromatherapy
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Architectural
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 4
    Tea Tree plant

    Posted by Debra Skeen on 3rd Sep 2018

    Had to complain that initial order was broken to fit into container so replacement was sent free of charge - much better.

  • 4
    Australian Tea Trees

    Posted by Brian Connett on 17th Jul 2018

    Trees were in excellent condition and of good size but the earth in the pots had spilled all over the inside of the packaging, otherwise it would have been a 5 star review.

  • 5
    Tea Tree Plant

    Posted by Chris Mullins on 31st Oct 2017

    plant in excellent condition and of a size better than expected. Arrived in good time.

  • 5
    perfect plant

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Jul 2016

    Beautiful healthy plant well packaged quick postage, lovely instructions