M.decussata.JPG (53778 bytes)Melaleuca decussata: is known as the Cross-leaved Honey-myrtle and belongs to the Myrtaceae family.
The Cross-leaved Honey-myrtle is an open, rounded shrub that reaches a height of two metres. Small leaves are arranged in two pairs of opposite rows forming a cross when viewed from above (hence the common name).
Mauve flowers are carried in small, cylindrical spikes on short, lateral branches or at the base of leafy branches. Flowers fade to white as they age. Late spring to summer is the flowering period. At this time plants become covered with small, colourful spikes.
Melaleuca decussata is well known in cultivation and has proved to be hardy and free flowering.
The species occurs in Victoria and South Australia . We first encountered Melaleuca decussata growing on the banks of a river in Little Desert National Park in western Victoria . The Cross-leaved Honey-myrtle will cope with both moist and dry situations.
Prune after flowering to keep plants bushy and blooming bounteously.
Melaleuca gibbosa is a similar species that sometimes hybridises with Melaleuca decussata.
Propagate from seed and cuttings.