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.
Melaleuca nesophila: I like this one due to the purple flowers! Tall shrub or small tree to 12' in sandy soils with purple pink flowers for about 5 months. Leaves are oval 1/2 to 1" long, grey-green in color. Grows well in moist, sandy positions. Starts blooming at 3 years old. Moderately frost resistant. A long flowering species suitable as a feature or fast growing screen or windbreak.
|Temperature Rating||USDA Zone 8|
|Type||Shrub/tree to 12'|
|Culture||Moderate to wet soils, minimum 18" annual rainfall|
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