Melaleuca quinquinerva

Wide-leafed Paperbark, Broad-leafed Paperbark

Distinctive for its white papery bark, winter bloom and rugged adaptability.

Features: White 'paper' bark. Autumn flowers. Considerable site versatility
Applications: Street plantings, carparks, native landscapes, screening, wetland reclamation and wet sites.
Description Melaleuca quinqinervia can be seen growing in an amazing variety of places - occuring naturally on the edges of lakes and rivers, surviving in boggy soaks or thriving in the sandy, drying soils of carpark and shopping centre garden beds in metropolitan Perth. At home in wet soils, this paperbark is also drought tolerant when established, tolerates mild salt and is generally, remarkably adaptive. Maturing to a medium-sized tree, it is used in streetscaping both as a specimen and screening tree, for median and carpark plantings and is often used in areas of reclaimed wetland development. Its attractive cream-white flowers appear in autumn while the distinctive peeling bark remains year-round.
Availability: Champion Lakes : Currently unavailable
Mature height: 10-20
Mature spread: 5-12
Canopy: Irregular, upright, spreading. Moderate to dense shade.
Growth rate: Fast in suitable conditions
Cautions: Reputed to have invasive roots
Tolerances: Wet and dry sites. Drought tolerant. Mildly salt tolerant.
Sun demands: Full sun or part shade
Soil demands: Wide soil tolerance; heavy soils to light, mild acid to mild alkaline
Water demands: Low
Native or Exotic: Native
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Myrtaceae

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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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