Melaleuca cardiophylla: is
a native of Western Australia and is a small to medium shrub with intertwined
branches. The tiny, stem-clasping leaves are heart-shaped (hence the species
White flowers are carried in small clusters along the branches. The flowering
period is variable but occurs between October and February. The specimen
illustrated flowered in mid-January.
Melaleuca cardiophylla is one of our horticultural surprises. At
present we have one plant in the gardens at Yallaroo. The specimen was grown
from seed but, unfortunately, was not labelled. In January, of 2004, the
plantís branches became covered in clumps of buds. When they burst into
bloom we were able to identify the species.
Melaleuca cardiophylla could be cultivated in shrubberies and
informal hedges. Our plant is about one metre tall.
The species responds positively to pruning. Propagate from seed or cuttings.
We have found Melaleuca cardiophylla to
be a colourful and hardy shrub. We will be propagating more specimens, from
cuttings, to spread around the gardens at Yallaroo.