Melaleuca_quadrifaria.JPG (56824 bytes)Melaleuca quadrifaria: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is a tall shrub that may reach a height of five metres.

The many branches carry crowded, linear leaves that curve upward, are five millimetres long and arranged in pairs around the stem. The upward curve, of the leaves, is a distinctive feature.

Creamy-white flowers are borne in terminal spikes and are about 1.5 millimetres long. They appear in spring and summer.

Melaleuca quadrifaria is a native of southern Western Australia and southwest South Australia.

Melaleuca quadrifaria could be cultivated as a screening plant. The dense foliage provides safe nesting sites for small native birds.

The specimen illustrated is growing in one of the gardens at Yallaroo. We do not know where the plant came from. Probably we grew the plant from seed some time ago. Regardless of its mysterious origin this Melaleuca has proved to be hardy, fast growing and free-flowering with low water requirements.

Propagate from seed or cuttings.