Pink Melaleuca

Melaleuca nesophila

  • Size:

    Height: 20-30; Spread: 20-25'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; broadly rounded, irregular mound.

  • Foliage:

    Light green, 1", obovate leaves.

  • Flower:

    1" terminal spike of muave, lavender, or rose-pink flowers that fade to white, 1/4" each, blooming year round.

  • Fruit:

    Persistent round capsule enclosed in large woody calyx tube, 1/8-1/4", all year.

  • Bark:

    Beige to brown, exfoliating.

  • 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:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), any soil, coastal conditions, high winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Relatively pest free. Will grow in interesting gnarled branching patterns if not pruned.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Known for its interesting bark and flowers.