SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, Los Gatos, CA and Quail Arboretum - Encinitas, CA
Tolerates smog and saline soils.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Eastern Australia.
A Melaleuca linariifolia in Los Angeles is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 32 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 103 inches and a crown spread of 44 feet.
Additional Common Names
FLAXLEAF PAPERBARK, CAJEPUT TREE, SNOW-IN-SUMMER
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 30 feet.
Width: 20 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Linear, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown or Gray Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Striking Cream, Exfoliating.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 9 and 13 - 24; H1.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Chlorosis, 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.
Special Uses & Values
Riparian or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Melaleuca linariifolia Tree Record." 1995-2021. Jan 21, 2021.
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