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Melaleuca elliptica - Granite Honey-myrtle
Working on getting this plant back in the field but it is currently not available listing for information only!

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Crimson Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Melaleuca elliptica (Granite Honey-myrtle) - A medium sized shrub with a moderate growth rate to 10 feet tall and as wide that has thinly furrowed papery brown bark that peels in thin strips and attractive structural upright and arching branches covered with 1/2 inch long, glaucous, leathery, ovate-shaped grey leaves that are often a bronze color in new growth. In early spring and often continuing well into fall appear the 3 inch long clusters of red bottlebrush-like flowers with the peak display in late spring into early summer. Plant in full sun in most any soil type so long as it drains decently and water only occasionally to very little. It is drought and frost hardy to about 20 degrees F. once established and can hold up to salt laden winds along the coast, making it a good first exposure screen to protect other plants in beachside plantings. A nice plant even when left natural and dense but its sculptural form and attractive bark lends itself to selective pruning to open up and expose the branches and also serves to put the flowers, which are held on older wood, on better display. These flowers are also attractive to birds. Granite Honey-myrtle occurs naturally on granite outcrops in the southern Western Australia in the Coolgardie, Eyre and Roe Districts, including on off shore islands. 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 and the specific epithet is in reference to the leaves having an elliptic shape. This plant was first introduced into the US by the USDA's Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI#79137) in 1927 and a specimen has been growing in Orpet Park in Santa Barbara since 1930. We first started growing this plant in 1983 and feel it is high time for this tough and attractive drought tolerant plant to be used more often!  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Melaleuca elliptica.