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MELALEUCA squarrosa

Commonly known as Australian swamp tea tree, Scented paperbark

Lightly fragrant dense spikes of creamy flowers

  • Evergreen - small, ovate to triangular, 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 - 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
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • 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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5m (16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)
 

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