Melaleuca - Further Information

Most books dealing with Australian native plants will contain useful information on the botany and horticulture of melaleucas. There are also a number of Melaleuca resources on the internet. Some of the most detailed references are listed below.


  • Brophy, J J, Craven, L A and Doran, J C (2013), "Melaleucas: Their Botany, Essential Oils and Uses". Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. This publication adopts the re-classification of Callistemon into the genus Melaleuca and can be downloaded from the ACIAR website.
  • Cornford, C (1999), "Callistemon, Melaleuca, Kunzea, Leptospermum and Other Genera Within the Myrtaceae Family", ANPSA Melaleuca and Allied Genera Study Group. A checklist of species and their performance under cultivation in a range of districts.
  • Elliot, R and Jones D (1982), "The Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants", Vol.6, Lothian Publishing Company Pty Ltd, Melbourne.
  • Holliday, I (1989), "A Field Guide to Melaleucas", Hamlyn, Australia.
  • Holliday, I (1997), "A Field Guide to Melaleucas Volume 2", Published by I Holliday.
  • Holliday, I (2004), "Melaleucas: A Field and Garden Guide", Reed New Holland, Sydney (see review in the June 2004 issue of Australian Plants online).
  • Wrigley, J and Fagg, M (1993), "Bottlebrushes, Paperbarks and Tea Trees", Angus and Robertson, Australia.


Several issues of the Society's journal "Australian Plants" are particularly useful for those interested in Melaleuca and related plants.

  • Vol 9, Nos.69 and 70 December 1976 and March 1977; A two-part, detailed description of Callistemon, Melaleuca and related plants including a botanical outline of the features of the Myrtaceae.
  • Vol 16, No.125 December 1990; Details of botany of Melaleuca and its relatives, including line drawings and photographs.
  • Vol 16, No.127 June 1991; Information on Melaleuca and related genera with photographs.
  • Vol 21, No.168 September 2001; Information on Melaleuca and related genera.
  • Vol 21, No.171 June 2002; Melaleuca for the garden.
  • Vol 22, No.179 June 2004; "Melaleuca psammophila"
  • Vol 23, No.182 March 2005; Revision of the Broombush "Melaleuca uncinata Complex"


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