Melaleuca laurina Sm.
Tristania bakeriana Gand.
Tristania laurina (Sm.) R.Br.
Common Name: Water Gum
Water gum is a slow-growing evergreen tree growing up to 18 metres tall. The bole can be 30 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber. It is planted for ornament in the subtropical areas of its range[
Australia - Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland.
Creek banks and forest openings[
]. Moist, well-drained sites[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A tree of the warm temperate to tropical zones. Trees from the cooler parts of its range are able to tolerate at least some frost[
Prefers a position in full sun, but tolerates light shade[
]. Tolerates a variety of moist soil types from well-drained rocky soils to heavy clay loams[
The dark coloured wood is hard, tough, and close-grained. The wood is generally sound to the centre; it is very difficult to season, but when dry it is of singular closeness and toughness[
]. It is used for tool handles, cogs of wheels, etc[
]. It is apparently well adapted for all machinery purposes[
We have no more specific information for this species, but the heartwood of trees in this genus is generally pink brown, gray brown, red brown, or dark red; the sapwood is pink or red brown, lighter than the heartwood, but not always sharply demarcated. The texture is medium to fine; grain interlocked, sometimes wavy; somewhat lustrous; without characteristic odour or taste[
]. The wood is generally difficult to saw and machine because of high density, cutters may dull rapidly; it dresses to a smooth surface; turns excellently[
]. The heartwood is generally reported to be resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites[
]. It is used for flooring, pallets, heavy construction, specialty items (pulleys, rollers, bearings, sheaves, tool handles)[
Seed - normally germinates after three or four weeks. No special pre-sowing treatment is needed[
]. The seed should be sown in a loose, well-drained propagation mix at a depth equal to the diameter of the seed. When the seedlings reach a height of 1 - 2 cm they should be pricked out into a large container until they have grown to a size suitable for planting out[
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