Melaleuca leaves
Melaleuca small tree Mature tree at Cosco
paper bark tree

Like all of the Melaleucas from Australia, these small trees are well suited to our area. Smooth oval leaves blush to red along growing tips - otherwise coloring is gray green. This tree is also called Paperbark tree because of its interesting soft white bark that can be peeled off like paper. Summer and fall bloom period with creamy bottle brush like clusters - sometimes color can be on the mauve side. Knobby seed capsules form along the stems and can be used in arrangements.

This tree is not fussy about soil or wind, but should receive adequate water for the first few years to establish and stake securely if planted in a windy area. Growth is moderate and is a good choice for the street and near power lines.

Maximum height
20-40 feet

Life Span
60+ years

Criteria for Ranking

1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 5
Wind Tolerance 3*
Frost Tolerance 4*
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 5
Power Lines Proximity

5 (good choice)
Cost/Maintenance 4*
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 5
*note asterisk denote species will be shaped by a prevailing wind. Single trunk trained trees need more protection than multi-trunk to grow straight.
*note asterisk denote species foliage turns purple after a frost. Otherwise fairly frost hardy.
*note species needs some shaping to create single trunk specimen. Paperbark trees naturally grow as multitrunk without pruning.

Location Melaleuca quinquenervia is planted along the median next to Vince di Maggio Park