Melaleuca tortifolia: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and develops into a tall shrub that may reach a height of four metres.
The bark is flaky. Leaves are about 1.5 centimetres long, ovate to lanceolate and pointed. Flowers are in clusters that are two centimetres long, white, sometimes pink and crowded. The flower heads are prominent but not as showy as other Melaleuca blooms. Spring is the flowering period.
Melaleuca tortifolia has dense foliage and may be used as safe nesting sites by small native birds.
Hedges and windbreaks would benefit from the inclusion of this species.
Melaleuca tortifolia is extremely rare and is only known from a small area in New England National Park (NENP), east of Armidale in northern New South Wales.
A number of gardeners in the Armidale area are cultivating the species successfully. We hope that Melaleuca tortifolia becomes widely grown. Conservation (in NENP) and cultivation will ensure the long-term survival of the species.
Propagate from seed and cuttings. We have found that cuttings produce roots enthusiastically.