Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca incana (Grey Honey-myrtle)

Melaleuca incana photo
Melaleuca incana incana leaves and flowers

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

Melaleuca incana photo
Melaleuca incana growing near Point d'Entrecasteaux

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 incana in Australia

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

Common Name
Grey Honey-myrtle

The Grey Honey-myrtle is a shrub or small tree growing to 5 m tall. The leaves are narrow and grow 4 mm to 17 mm long and about 1 mm to 3 mm wide. New growth is hairy giving a soft grey appearance. The plant flowers in spring. The flowers are white, cream or yellow and produced in spikes about 3 cm long. The fruit capsules are about 2 to 4 mm long.

around swamp edges, in woodland and heath

Grey Honey-myrtle is found in south west Western Australia. It is naturalised in parts of southern Victoria.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 1 - 3
Spread (m): 1.5 - 3
Soil Texture: loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 450
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Grey Honey-myrtle

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