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Melaleuca nesophila - Pink Melaleuca
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Mauve
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Melaleuca nesophila (Pink Melaleuca) - This Melaleuca has a moderately fast growth rate and becomes a large shrub or small tree (to 20+ feet tall and about 12 feet wide) with bark that is thick and spongy and peels off in broad strips and branches that are twisted and sculptural; they form an asymmetrical greyish-white frame structure on which the small (3/4 inch long) bright green, elliptic to oblong-obovateleaves grow. The lavender to rose pink pompon bottle brush style flowers appear in tight round 1 inch wide terminal clusters in late spring through summer. Plant in full sun to light or part sun and irrigate occasionally to very little. It is hardy to about 20 degrees F and tolerates poor soil and seaside conditions. Can be trimmed for use as a formal hedge or trimmed up to expose the interesting bark and branch structure. Attractive to nectar feeding birds and bees. This plant come from the Eyre District along the coast southern coast and offshore islands of the Great Australian Bight near Albany in eastern Western Australia, where it is fairly rare in habitat. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'melas' meaning "black" and 'leukos" meaning "white" because the first Melaleuca to be described had lighter colored branches against a darker, possibly burnt trunk. The specific epithet is from the Greek words ‘nesos’ meaning "island" and ‘phileo’ meaning "to love" in reference to the thought that its preferred habitat was on an island as it was first descrbed from Doubtful Island, near Bremer Bay. Though called Pink Melaleuca in the US, its common name in Australia is Showy Honey Myrtle. We have grown this attractive and useful plant since 1979.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Melaleuca nesophila.