Melaleuca nesophila is one of the most widely cultivated members of the genus and is well established in general horticulture.
The species forms a large shrub of 4-5 metres in both height and width. The flowers occur in globular shaped clusters of about 25 mm diameter at the ends of the branches. The flowers are purple in colour with yellow-tipped stamens and are well displayed. Flowering occurs in late spring through to mid summer.
The leaves are elliptical in shape and about 20mm long.
Although native to a dry summer climate M.nesophila has been grown successfully in the wetter summer conditions of Australia’s east coast in well drained, sunny positions. The species responds to annual fertilising after flowering and to an annual light pruning to encourage a bushy shape. Under ideal conditions the species is quick growing and makes a good screening plant.
Propagation is easy from both seed and cuttings.
Melaleuca nesophila; Flowers and Seed Pods
Photo: Brian Walters