Most species are endemic to Australia, but some species grow in New Zealand,Malaysia. A shrub or small tree, early settlers soaked the leaves in boiling water to make a brewed tea rich in ascorbic acid (vit C).
Honey produced from the nectar of manuka or New Zealand tea trees (leptospermum scoparium) is renowned for its antibacterial properties. Only single flowered varieties are useful for honey production. Their hard, red wood was widely u