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Description for Melaleuca quinquenervia
Melaleuca quinquenervia, commonly known as broad-leaved paperbark, the paperbark tea tree, punk tree or niaouli, is a small- to medium-sized tree of the allspice family, Myrtaceae.
The tree has a long flexible trunk with irregular ascending branches, covered with a pale thick, lamellated bark it is soft and spongy and from time to time throws off its outer layer in flakes; leaves entire, linear, lanceolate, ash color, alternate on short foot-stalks. White stalkless flowers occur on long spikes, reminiscent of bottle-brush.
Planting and care
Native to USDA Zones 9-11 where it thrives in moist wetland areas. Grows well in lowland areas, swamps, along river banks and in locations with standing water, but also tolerates drier upland soils. Best in full sun. Seed is disbursed by wind and water.
Caring for Melaleuca quinquenervia
- Grows well in lowland areas, swamps, along river banks and in locations with standing water, but also tolerates drier upland soils.
- Best in full sun.
- Seed is disbursed by wind and water.
Typical uses of Melaleuca quinquenervia
Special features: Not recommended for planting in areas where it is likely to be invasive.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: NA
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