M.ericifolia.JPG (33375 bytes)Melaleuca ericifolia: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is sometimes known as the Swamp Paperbark.
Melaleuca ericifolia is a tall shrub or small tree. Bark is papery and grey to brown. Leaves are small, linear and dark green. Juvenile growth is bright green.
Flower-heads are terminal, cylindrical, white to cream and about three centimetres long. Flowering occurs in spring and is usually bountiful.
Prune gently after flowering to keep plants from becoming straggly.
Melaleuca ericifolia is found from the north coast of New South Wales through Victoria to Tasmania usually in coastal areas.
The Swamp Paperbark grows along watercourses and will form dense thickets in wetlands. In the garden the Swamp Paperbark will survive and thrive in dry, well-drained situations. At Yallaroo we have many specimens growing and flowering vigorously on our windswept hill.
The flowers, of Melaleuca ericifolia, attract many insects including various native bee species.
Melaleuca ericifolia could be incorporated in native hedgerows as well as shelterbelts and windbreaks.
Propagate from seed and cuttings.