Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca uncinata (Broombush)

Melaleuca uncinata photo
Melaleuca uncinata flowers

Photograph by Geoff Derrin. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Melaleuca uncinata photo
Melaleuca uncinata habit

Photograph by Geoff Derrin. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Melaleuca uncinata in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name

Other Names
Broom honeymyrtle, Brushwood

The Broombush is a shrub growing 2 m tall., or sometimes a small tree to 5 m. The leaves are narrow cylindrical with a curved claw at the tip and grow 2 cm to 4 cm long and about 1 mm wide. The plant flowers in spring and summer from August to December. The flowers are white or cream and produced in ball-shaped clusters about 16 mm in diameter. The fruit capsules are clustered in a ball about 1 cm in diameter.

mallee, woodland, dry sclerophyll forest,

Broombush is found in Queensland, New South Wales,, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 3
Spread (m): 1 - 2
Soil Texture: sand, loam, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 350
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Broombush

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