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.
Many branched shrub to 15', will tolerate boggy soil but prefers well drained. Hardy rating + 28 F. Foliage turns reddish bronze during winter. Orange-red brushes from late spring into midsummer. Grows in permanently wet or dry soil and will tolerate light frost. Flowers produced on old wood. A native species in the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales.
|Temperature Rating||USDA Zone 9|
|Type||Large shrub to 15'|
|Culture||Moderate to wet soils, minimum 18" annual rainfall|
|Native||New South Wales|
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