Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca lateritia (Robin Red-breast Bush)

Melaleuca lateritia photo
Melaleuca lateritia flowers

Photograph by Kevin Thiele from Perth. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Melaleuca lateritia photo
Melaleuca lateritia growing near Margaret River

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 lateritia in Australia

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

Common Name
Robin Red-breast Bush

The Robin Red-breast Bush is an erect medium shrub growing to 2.5 m tall. The leaves are light green and narrow with a pointed tip, and grow 6 mm to 25 mm long and 1 mm to 2 mm wide. The plant flowers in most of the warmer months from August to April. The flowers are orange-red and produced in spikes about 8 cm long and 6 cm in diameter. The fruit capsules are about 7 mm in diameter.

sandy soil in swampy areas

Robin Red-breast Bush is found in the south west of Western Australia from south of Geraldton to around Albany.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 1 - 2
Spread (m): 1 - 2
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: red / orange
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Robin Red-breast Bush

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