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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Thyme-leaf Myrtle - Melaleuca thymifolia

Size Small shrub 1-2m. Soil Most soil types Location Full sun to light shade Flowering Pink-Mauve flowers all year round, attracting birds and beneficial insects


Prickly-leaved Tea Tree - Melaleuca styphelioides

Shrub or tree up to 20 m high with papery bark
Grows in most soil types prefers moist situations
Full sun
Creamy coloured flowers