Scarlet Honey Myrtle
Melaleucas: Common names are Paperbarks, Honey myrtles. The bark is very distinctive and consists of thin, white cream or brown, paper like layers. Leaves on some species are aromatic when crushed. Many of the shrub like Melaleuca are known by the common name of honey myrtle because of their nectar rich flowers. The flowers can be extremely profuse and come in a range of colors including white, cream, pink, mauve, red, yellow, orange and green. The bark of Melaleuca is in demand for lining hanging baskets for gardens. Paperbarks will tolerate moist sites that are poorly drained but flower production is best in full sun. Occasional use of a slow release fertilizer may be helpful.
Scarlet Honey Myrtle. Yellow tipped spikes of brush like carmine flowers deep within the bush. Hardy rating +28 F. Mature size 4' with narrow gray-green leaves. Prefers open, sunny position with good drainage, but will accept very moist conditions. Flower colors can be pink or red in various shades. This species is native to West Australia where it is found in rocky granite areas. Young tips can be damaged by frosts.
|Temperature Rating||USDA Zone 9|
|Type||Small shrub to 4'|
|Flower Color||Carmine red/pink|
|Culture||Moderate to moist soils|
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