Melaleuca capitata

Distribution Map
Family: Myrtaceae
Distribution: Heath and woodland in south-eastern New South Wales.
Common Name: No generally accepted common name.
Derivation of Name: Melaleuca...from Greek melas; black and leukos; white, referring to black marks on the white trunks of some species due to fire
capitata... From Latin caput, a head and the suffix atus, possessive of or likeness to, referring to the flowers occurring in heads.
Conservation Status: Not considered to be at risk in the wild.

General Description:

Melaleuca capitata is a medium shrub which usually grows to about 2 metres high by 1.5 metres wide with a densly foliaged habit of growth. The leaves are narrowly elliptical in shape, about 25 mm long , tapering to a pointed tip. The flowers occur in globular-shaped clusters about 25 mm in diameter at the ends of the branches so they are very well displayed. Flower colour is creamy yellow.

Melaleuca capitata
Melaleuca capitata
Photo: Brian Walters

Melaleuca capitata is not widely grown, which is a pity as it is a hardy plant in a wide range of climates. It grows successfully in both light and heavy soils and appreciates regular watering. A sunny or lightly shaded aspect will produce the best flowering. Plants can be heavily pruned if necessary but regular, light pruning is preferable to maintain a bushy shape.

Propagation is easy from both seed and cuttings.


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