Melaleuca Ulladulla Beacon: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is a dwarf form of the normally upright Melaleuca hypericifolia.
“Ulladulla Beacon” is a low, spreading plant that reaches a height of 50 centimetres with a spread of 1.5 metres. Its lance-like leaves are light green and about four centimetres long.
In spring and summer plants produces many large rusty-red bottlebrush-shaped flowers.
“Ulladulla Beacon” comes from the South Coast of New South Wales where it grows on exposed headlands.
This ground covering Melaleuca has two advantages over the upright form of Melaleuca hypericifolia. Firstly, the flowers are hidden amongst the foliage of the upright form. “Ulladulla Beacon” displays its blooms on the ends of branches. Secondly, the upright form tends to be frost tender. In our high altitude garden none of our “Ulladulla Beacons” have ever suffered form frost damage.
Melaleuca Ulladulla Beacon, especially when regularly pruned, forms a dense, upright ground cover that is covered with flowers for long periods.
Growth habit, foliage and flowers are all attractive features.
Propagation must be from cuttings to maintain this plant’s desirable characteristics.