M.blaeriifolia.JPG (30185 bytes)Melaleuca blaeriifolia: is a small shrub and is a member of the Myrtaceae family. It is a native of Western Australia. Branchlets are short and spreading. The small leaves are oval, may be spirally arranged around the branches and are bright green. Small flower heads are yellowish-green to green. Blooms may be carried on the ends of branches or on old wood. Spring and summer are the main flowering periods. Sporadic flowering may occur at other times. Growth habit, foliage and flowers are all attractive features. Prune lightly after flowering. Propagate from seed or cuttings.

The image is from a specimen growing at Yallaroo. We have two plants at present. They have proved to be frost hardy and drought resistant. Unfortunately we have no idea where we acquired this Melaleuca. Cuttings have been taken and the population of Melaleuca blaeriifolia will increase in the Yallaroo gardens.

 Melaleuca blaeriifolia is small enough to be accommodated in most gardens. Rockeries and native cottage gardens would be ideal situations for this interesting species.