M.densa.JPG (41134 bytes)Melaleuca densa: is a member of the Myrtaceae family, is a variable shrub that is normally between one to two metres tall with a spread of 1.5 metres and is a native of Western Australia.

 Small leaves are carried, in whorls of three or four, around the stems. They are ovate, less than one centimetre long, recurved (curving backwards) and tightly clustered.

The small flower heads are about 25 millimetres long, cream to pale yellow and appear in spring. What the flowers lack in size they make up for in quantity. Flowering is profuse. Prune lightly after flowers fade. Often three or four flower heads are carried at the end of each stem. The buds are surrounded by deciduous bracts.

Melaleuca densa is a hardy shrub with neat foliage and attractive flowers. The species could be cultivated as a component of a dense, low hedge.

Propagate from seed and cuttings.

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