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tea tree

n.
1. A melaleuca tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) of Australia whose leaves yield an oil used in cosmetics and for medicinal purposes.
2. Any of various evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Leptospermum, native to Southeast Asia and Australasia, having showy flowers and small needlelike leaves formerly used to make a tealike beverage.

tea tree

n
(Plants) any of various myrtaceous trees of the genus Leptospermum, of Australia and New Zealand, that yield an oil used as an antiseptic

tea′ tree`


n.
a tall shrub or small tree, Leptospermum scoparium, of the myrtle family, native to New Zealand and Australia.
[1750–60; so called from the use of its leaves as an infusion]
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Teebaum
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Commercial tea plantations have row after row of small tea trees grown to the exact same height.
Wild tea trees are found high up in the mountains, growing in biodiverse forests.
Because the old wild tea trees have prospered in a totally natural and unspoiled environment, without any fertilizing or other treatments, their leaves have developed exceptionally complex and rich tastes, varying from one small terroir to the other amongst the tea mountains and tea villages.
There may be more details, such as if the tea is from a wild tea tree, if it's a spring bud harvest or from a special terroir, etc.
Pumpkin seed works as a natural form of salicylic acid, and melaleuca, the sap of tea trees, works as an anti-bacterial.
Health food stores claim the answer is an all-natural extract, like clove oil or tea tree oil.
Captain Cook called these tea trees or tea plants because their leaves produced a pleasant, spicy and refreshing tea.
Indeed, the homeland of tea is in this region of the lower foothills of the Himalaya range, stretching from Assam, through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam onto the famous ancestral tea trees in Chinas Yunnan province.
Tea plants older than 300 years are "old tea trees," while plants dating back 500 years or more are designated "ancient tea trees.