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Kunzea Ericoides or Kanuka belongs to genus Kunzea

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Kunzea Ericoides which is also known as Kanuka is a shrub or tree that belonged to the genus Leptospermum earlier but later transferred to genus Kunzea.

Overview of Kanuka or Kunzea Ericoides

• It is restricted to Australia and New Zealand.
• In Australia it occurs in:
– South Australia
– Victoria
– New South Wales
– Queensland
• In New Zealand it occurs in:
– Three Kings Islands
– Aotea
– From Te Paki to as far south as Dunedin
– Central Otago in the South Island
– Stewart Island
• It has small but abundant flowers.
• It has white colored flowers.
• They appear like a snow cover.
• It is grown at an altitude of 2000 ms.
• The wood of this shrub is very hard.
• The wood is still used for wharf piles and tool handles.
• It is popular as firewood.
• It burns with a great heat.
• Kanuka in New Zealand can grow up to a height of 10ms.

Scientific classification of Kanuka or Kunzea Ericoides

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Rosids
• Order : Myrtales
• Family : Myrtaceae
• Genus : Kunzea
• Species : K. ericoides
• Binomial name : Kunzea ericoides

Growing/Caring conditions

• This shrub grows in full sun or semi-shade.
• Kanuka is very hardy.
• It is very tolerant of drought, frosts and poor soils.
• This plant likes light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.
• It prefers well-drained soil.
• It cannot grow in the shade.
• The soil pH should be acidic that is less than 6.8.
• It likes dry soils to moderate moisture.
• The soil can be rocky or sandy.
• The plant is propagated by seed.
• Sow the seed in fall or spring.
• Stratify the seeds for ten weeks at 40 degrees.
• Plant the seedlings.
• Space the plants to 18 to 24 inches.
• The hairs of the plants can spread through winds.

• This plant requires full sun to partial shade.
• It likes dry soils to moderate moisture.
• The soil can be rocky or sandy.
• The soil pH should be acidic that is less than 6.8.
• These trees are resistant to insects and disease.
• Treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
• Avoid insect or disease problems occur.
• Choose a different spot each year to avoid the risk of Wilt disease.
• Avoid over watering the plant as this can cause rotting of the plant.
• Be careful of the spread of hairs around, as some can be allergenic to it.
• Cover the area of the tree with 2 inches of mulch.
• Mulch will protect the tree’s roots.
• Mulch discourages or prevents fungus, disease, rot or insect infestation.
• Fertilize the tree each spring.

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