tea tree

(redirected from Tea-trees)
Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia.

tea tree

(te´ tre″) a tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, native to eastern Australia, from whose leaves and branches tea tree oil is obtained.

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

Melaleuca spp.

tea treetea tree oil
a volatile oil from Melaleuca spp. used widely in topical preparation, including pet shampoos, for its antiseptic and insect repellent properties.
References in periodicals archive ?
In the control quadrat, the mature Coast Tea-tree reached 4 m in height, bare ground was 20% and litter 70%.
The primary value of the trial is that detailed observations were made so that we have a measure of the effect of the treatments on the invasion of Coast Tea-tree, on species richness, on weeds and on two orchid species, one of which is a known fire response species and one which is rare.
Mature Coast Tea-tree does not burn easily because there is so little fuel underneath the canopy; slashing prepares a fuel load that will burn readily.
After germination it takes only four years before Coast Tea-tree plants flower and set seed (M Ellis pers.