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CAJEPUT TREE
Melaleuca quinquenervia

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Photo Locations: San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Goleta, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA and Cal Poly Campus - San Luis Obispo, CA

General Notes

Tolerates saline soils. Sap is an irritant. Can be propagated from seeds which can be collected year-round.

Native to Australia.

A Melaleuca quinquenervia in Pismo Beach is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 40 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 167 inches and a crown spread of 37 feet.

Family: Myrtaceae

Additional Common Names

CAJEPUT TREE, PUNK TREE

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval or Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 40 feet.

Width: 15 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Elliptic to Oblong, Glossy Light Green, Purple, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Pink, Purple or Yellow. Flowers in Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Persistent, Brown or Gray Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Wildlife use it.

Bark Striking, Cream or Light Green, Exfoliating.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 9, 12, 13, 15 -17 and 20 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Wet to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly 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.

Allergy and Irritant Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered High.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Special Uses & Values

Riparian or Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Melaleuca quinquenervia Tree Record." 1995-2018. Dec 9, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/melaleuca-quinquenervia >

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