Melaleuca ericifolia reminds one of a pale, delicate bottle brush. The foliage has a slender needlelike shape. There are small white bottlebrush flowers that attract pollinators. Honey bees adore the flowers. It is listed as having a fragrance, but not noted by this author. The seed capsules form an interesting nobby brown structure and the bark is a bit shaggy - though not as papery as the paperbark Melaleuca.
Heath Melaleuca can grow moderately fast – 35 inches in best case conditions. This small tree is tolerant of seaside conditions, including salinity and sandy soils. Overwatering may encourage Phytophthora and Root Rot, to which it is susceptible. M. ericifolia does not drop much leaf litter and stays fairly tidy without pruning. In the sand, the tree tends to sprawl because of shallow root and top heavy growth. Pruning is indicated to lighten the top structure (especially if in the wind), if that is the case.
Width 15-25 feet