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.
A tree to 10 m (32') with white fluffy flowers in spikes, blooms spring and summer.
Native to Queensland and New South Wales. Likes moisture, very showy in flower and a good screen plant.
|Temperature Rating||USDA Zone 9|
|Type||Tree to 32'|
|Culture||Moderate to wet soils, minimum 20" annual rainfall|
|Native||Queensland, New South Wales|
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