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Since its introduction into Australia in 1822 (from China) it has become a rampant menace. Its massive, spreading roots disrupt drainage and watercourses and the fallen leaves inhibit growth around it. It outcompetes eucalyptus, some of which provide the sole food of koalas.
It is used as an alternative to mothballs as an insect deterrent.
Genus of about 250 species of evergreen trees and shrubs found in forest in eastern and southeastern Asia and Australia.
Evergreen - simple, opposite leaves are aromatic.
Additional Features - Good to know - in frost-prone areas can be grown for its foliage under glass. In frost-free areas makes a fine specimen tree.
Pests & Diseases - scale insects under glass.
Place of origin - southeastern Asia, Australia.
Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - loam based compost, plenty of light but shade from hot sun.
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
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