Melaleuca quinquenervia
Cajeput Tree
Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)
Origin: Australia (Eastern)

SPECIES CHARACTERISTICS:
Evergreen, broadleaf tree. Fast growth rate, 40' in height,
20' spread. Round to oval plant shape.
FOLIAGE:
Simple leaf, alternate arrangement. Elliptic leaf shape, entire margins. Coriaceous and stiff surface texture. 2 - 4" long,
1/2" wide. Dull green, juvenile foliage finely pubescent, copper colored.
FLOWER:

Perfect; creamy, yellow-white. 2 - 3" bottle brush like spikes around branches. Late Summer - Mid-Winter .
FRUIT:

Dry, dehiscent, capsule. Brown in color, 1/4" in size, borne tightly along twigs, may remain on tree for several years.
STEM/TRUNK:
Single trunk or multi-trunk.
BARK:
Distinctive, thick spongy, light brown bark peels off in sheets. EXPOSURE:
Full sun, wind, heat and aridity;
Hardiness: Sunset zones: 9, 13 - 17, 20 - 24.
SOIL:
Any, well drained.
WATER:
Tolerates much or little water.
FERTILIZER:
Chelated iron, when foliage is chlorotic.
PROPAGATION:
Seed - cuttings.
USES:
Accent, background, barrier, foliage, flower , foundation planting, right of way, screen, shade, seasonal color, specimen, and windbreak.

 


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