Melaleuca_diosmatifolia.jpg (55863 bytes)Melaleuca diosmatifolia: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Rosy Honey-myrtle. This species was previously known as Melaleuca erubescens.

The Rosy Honey-myrtle is a tall, upright shrub reaching a height of five metres in our garden.  Leaves are small, linear, light green and aromatic. In summer plants become covered with mauve, cylindrical flower spikes up to four centimetres long. Spikes age to white.  The Rosy Honey-myrtle has a flowering period that extends for many weeks. Sporadic flowering occurs at other times. A wide range of insects are attracted to the flowers including blue flower wasps and native beetles. Lightly prune juvenile plants to establish dense foliage. This is one of the shrubs that brighten our garden in summer and autumn.

The Rosy Honey-myrtle grows in open forest and areas subject to flooding. The species has wide distribution and is found in coastal regions, tablelands, slopes and western plains in New South Wales and southern Queensland. Although occurring in moist areas we have found that M. diosmatifolia survives and thrives in our extremely well drained garden. Some of our specimens are at least 15 years old.

Melaleuca diosmatifolia, because of its upright growth habit, would be an ideal shrub for a narrow garden bed.

The species may be propagated for seed but we prefer cuttings. They produce roots rapidly and flower years before seed grown plants.|

Melaleuca diosmatifolia was the original name of this species and was named by a French botanist in 1811 from cultivated plants growing in France.