Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca linariifolia (Snow-in-Summer)

Melaleuca linariifolia photo
Melaleuca linariifolia fllowers and leaves

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Melaleuca linariifolia photo
Melaleuca linariifolia in Albany, California

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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 linariifolia 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
Narrow-Leaved Paperbark, Flax-Leaved Paperbark

Snow-in-Summer is a small tree growing 6 m to 10 m tall. The bark is creamy white and papery in texture. The leaves are narrow and grow 2 cm to 4 cm long and 1 mm to 4 mm wide. The plant flowers for a short spell in late spring or summer from October to February. The flowers are cream and produced in spikes about 4 cm long. The fruit capsules are about 4 mm in long.

heath and dry eucalypt forest near watercourses and swamps

Snow-in-Summer is found in eastern New South Wales, south east and central east Queensland.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 5 - 7
Spread (m): 3 - 5
Soil Texture: sand, loam clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 650
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Snow-in-Summer

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