- a tall shrub or small tree, Leptospermum scoparium, of the myrtle family, native to New Zealand and Australia, having silky foliage when young, and bell-shaped, white flowers: often planted to prevent beach erosion.
Origin of tea tree
First recorded in 1750–60; so called from the use of its leaves as an infusion
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Examples from the Web for tea tree
I rested my horse here for an hour, and then rode to the tea-tree.
They were not bare, however, for the tea-tree was everywhere prominent.Three Years in Western China
No tract is so inhospitable but that the tea-tree will flourish there.Australian Pictures
Three small springs only had been found, and the country was covered with the gloomy mallee and tea-tree scrub.The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work
Thickets of this plant, along the swampy margin of streams, are known as Tea-tree scrubs.
- any of various myrtaceous trees of the genus Leptospermum, of Australia and New Zealand, that yield an oil used as an antiseptic