THREE VERY ATTRACTIVE MELALEUCA
GENUS MELALEUCA RADULA, FILIFOLIA AND FULGENS SP FULGENS
Graceful honey myrtle, Melaleuca radula, is one of the most widely cultivated members of
small open shrub rarely exceeding 5 feet in height and three feet in width. The mauve or
very light purple flowers occur in clusters on the older stems and flower spikes contain
between three and eight flowers up to about an inch in diameter. The leaves are narrowly-
elliptical in shape and up to two inches long.
The graceful honey myrtle is frost hardy (-7*c/20*f) and has proven to be adaptable over a
However, best performance is achieved under conditions of good drainage with assured
moisture. It responds to annual fertilising after flowering and to an annual light pruning to
encourage a bushy shape.
Propagation is easy from both seed.
Wiry Honey Myrtle, Melaleuca filifolia is a widely cultivated members of the genus and is
well established in general horticulture. The species forms a medium shrub to about 5 feet
in both height and width. The reddish/ mauve flowers occur in large globular clusters in
spring and summer. The leaves are oblong-elliptical in shape and about 10mm long.
Filifolia has proven to be adaptable over a range of climates and soils although it is
However, best performance is achieved under conditions with assured moisture. Flowering
is best in sunny positions. It responds to annual fertilising after flowering and to an annual
light pruning to encourage a bushy shape. Propagation is easy from both seed and
This species makes a spectacular feature tree with its very attractive blooms and the
attractive to pollenating birds.
Propagation is easy from seed.
Scarlet Honey Myrtle, Melaleuca fulgens is one of the most widely cultivated members of
height from 18 inches to 6 feet and the same in breadth, but normally to about four and a
half feet. Foliage is a grey-green with narrowly elliptical leaves to abou one inch. The
flowers, borne on short shoots in the spring and early summer, are cylindrical spikes
similar to the bottlebrush and up to 2 inches or more in length. They are normally a brilliant
red but can range into apricot and pink and make a very striking display. It is very popular
with pollenating birds.
Although native to a dry summer climate this species has been grown successfully in the
species hybridises easily, particularly with melaleuca radula, one of the purple flowering
melaleuca, and is the parent of a number of very attractive hybrids.
This species grows naturally in loam, sand or gravel over granite but can take moist well-
particularly until established.
This species is quick growing and is easily grown from seed..