Flaxleaf Paperbark

Melaleuca linariifolia

Melaleuca linarifolia (Flaxleaf Paperbark) - full view

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Melaleuca linarifolia (Flaxleaf Paperbark) - flowers

Foliage detail

Melaleuca linarifolia (Flaxleaf Paperbark) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height 20-30'; Spread 20-25'

  • Growth:

    Moderate to fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; round form; dense canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Blue-green, needle-like leaves, 1-1.5" long.

  • Flower:

    Many white flowers, in clusters 2" across, bloom in summer, in warmest microclimates.

  • Fruit:

    Hard, brown seed capsules, 1/4" across, persist on tree year-round.

  • Bark:

    Tan, shredding bark in papery sheets.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    High. Early pruning need to establish and maintain a central leader, and to develop good branch structure. Sidewalk clean-up during flower drop

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), poor drainage, any soil, fog.

  • Special Considerations:

    Prefers sun. Does not tolerate wind. Subject to poor rooting, multiple leaders. When planting, handle rootball with care or tree will go into transplant shock and die. Needs extra water in hot conditions.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Flowers look like snow on branches in the summer. Good tree beneath overhead wires. Good in wet soil, poor dra