SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA and UC Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA
Tolerates and saline soils. Good multi-trunked tree.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Australia.
Additional Common Names
HEATH MELALEUCA, SWAMP PAPERBARK
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Oval or Rounded Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 40 feet.
Width: 15 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Linear, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Yellow or White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown or Gray Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Light Green or Light Gray, Exfoliating, Fibrous or Furrowed.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 9 and 12 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered High.
Attracts Birds and Bees.
Special Uses & Values
Riparian or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Melaleuca ericifolia Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jul 20, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/melaleuca-ericifolia >