Wilson's 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.
From Victoria and South Australia, 6'x6' shrub with citrus scented leaves when crushed. Beautiful, magenta flower clusters along the branches in late spring. Excellent for cut flowers. Prune lightly after flowering to promote fresh new growth.
|Temperature Rating||USDA Zone 9|
|Type||Medium shrub to 6'|
|Culture||Moderate to wet soils, minimum 16" annual rainfall|
|Native||Victoria, South Australia|
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