Paperbarks (Melaleuca)

A large group of plants, generally small to medium sized trees, distinguishable by their paper like bark. Flowers are tiny with large stamens, similar to Bottlebrush (Callistemon). Bird, benifical insects and small mamals are all attracted to these flowers. They range in colour from white to mauve depending on species.

Photo By: Warren and Gloria Sheather

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Melaleuca thymifolia - Thyme-leaf Myrtle

Small shrub 1.5m
Adaptable to most soil types but grows best with regular moisture
Full sun to light shade
Pink-Mauve flowers all year round
Attracting small birds and beneficial insects


Melaleuca lineraiifolia - Flax leaved Paperbark

Shrub or small tree up to 10m with papery bark
Full sun (best for flowering) to part shade
Tolerant of most soil types but prefers moisture
White to cream, spring and summer