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Melaleuca quinquenervia - Plant

melaleuca-quinquenervia
melaleuca-quinquenervia
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The tree has a long flexible trunk with irregular ascending branches.
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Melaleuca quinquenervia Plant

Description for Melaleuca quinquenervia

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

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.

Common name(s): Cajuput Tree, Fine leaf melaleuca, Punk tree, Swamp tea tree, White tea tree, Whitewood, Shitanshu
Flower colours: Creamy white
Bloom time: June to October
Max reachable height: 25 to 40 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow

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.

Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Moist wetland
Water: Medium
Temperature: 16 to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

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

References

  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-123857
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=282857&isprofile=0&
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Cajuput%20Tree.html
  • http://www.florabank.org.au/lucid/key/species%20navigator/media/html/Melaleuca_quinquenervia.htm

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