MELALEUCA squarrosa

Commonly known as Australian swamp tea tree, Scented paperbark

Lightly fragrant dense spikes of creamy flowers
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MELALEUCA squarrosa

 

 

  • Evergreen
    Small, dark green leaves
  • Cream
  • Height
    5m (16ft)
  • Spread
    4m (13ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Dense, upright shrub or small tree with bottlebrush-like flowers
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases - scale insects, red spider mite under glass
  • Place of origin
    Australia
  • Flower Shape
    Spikes
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Australian / New Zealand
  • Coastal / windswept
  • Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
    under glass use loam-based compost (JI No2) with added leaf mould in full light with shade from hot sun
  • Sub-tropical / mediterranean
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    Entire see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Linear see photos above
  • Ovate
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
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Melaleuca - Growing Guide
5m (16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)
 

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