Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca squarrosa (Scented Paperbark)

Melaleuca squarrosa photo
Melaleuca pulchella, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Victoria

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Melaleuca squarrosa photo
Melaleuca squarrosa growing in the Australian National Botanic Gardens

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 squarrosa in Australia

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

Common Name
Scented Paperbark

Other Names
Bottle-Brush Tea-Tree

The Scented Paperbark is a shrub or small tree growing to 6 m tall (sometimes more). The bark is white or grey and papery. The leaves are small, egg-shaped with pointed tip and grow 5 mm to 16 mm long and 3 mm to 8 mm wide. The plant flowers in spring and early summer from September to February. The perfumed flowers are cream and produced in spikes about 4 cm long and 2 cm in diameter. The fruit capsules are about 3 mm in long.

heath, dry eucalypt forest in damp places

The Scented Paperbark is found in eastern New South Wales, southern Victoria, south east of South Australia, Tasmania.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 5
Spread (m): 2 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 550
Flower Colour: cream
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Scented Paperbark

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