Also called Snow-in-Summer and narrow leaved paperbark. This is another Melaleuca native of Australia that can grow in our area. It has Rosemary needle-like leaves and foliage is gray green. Flowers resemble bottle brush form but bloom is generally white. It can bloom sporadically throught the year, but main season is generally summer. The cultivar 'Snowstorm' flowers densly and is a dwarf version of the species. Bees and pollinators favor this flower. Young tree form is whispy and graceful, but becomes more brocolli shaped over time as trunk thickens.
Full sun is preferred but it can take some light shade. Useful for creating screening and wind breaks on a property. Essential oils made from this tree have a nutmeg scent and it shares antibacterial properties like its close relative the Tea tree Melaleuca.
Like the other Melaleucas, this tree has spongy bark that often sheds in strips. Although this tree is not fussy about soil or wind, it is prone to laying over in sandy soil as it gets larger. Recommend staking the first few years after planting or keeping tree form balanced with selective pruning to avoid sprawling shrub. Growth is moderate and is a good choice near power lines.
10-20 feet wide