Melaleuca is a genus of almost 300 plant species[1] in the myrtle (Myrtaceae) family, commonly known as tea tree, honey myrtle, or paper bark. These common names refer to many species’ scaly bark and the nectar produced in their flowers.

Melaleuca Flowers

Around 230 species are native to Australia, with the few remaining species occurring in Indonesia, Malaysia, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, and New Guinea.

Honey Myrtle

Melaleuca species are trees and shrubs that can grow up to 2 to 30 meters high (depending on the species), often with flaking, scaly bark.

Melaleuca Flowers

Typically, the leaves are evergreen, arranged alternately, oval to lance-shaped, 0.5-7 cm wide, and 1-25 cm long, with full margins, dark green to gray-green. These thread-like flowers are borne in dense clusters along the stem, each flower with small, thin petals and a dense cluster of stamens.

Paper Bark

The flower color varies from pink to white, red, green, or pale-yellow.

White Melaleuca Flowers

Suggested Reading: All Flower Names

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Key References
  • [1]“| Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants | University of Florida, IFAS”. Accessed December 01, 2021. Link.


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