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Melaleuca incana - Gray Honey-myrtle

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pale Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Melaleuca incana (Gray Honey-myrtle) - This is a fairly quick-growing shrub with wonderfully arching branches to about 10 feet tall and wide. The soft leaves are small (1/2 inch long), gray, narrow and linear-lanceolate in shape; they give the plant an overall soft look. Small dark reddish buds open to reveal light yellow bottle-brush flowers in late spring through early summer. Although it is drought resistant once established, it looks better with occasional watering. It can be damaged by hard frosts - cut back any damaged portions after the threat of all frosts has passed. It is hardy to 20 degrees F. A very attractive and durable soft foliaged plant that is great as a specimen plant. It comes from the southwestern tip or Western Australia. 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 means "hoary" or "white" in referrence to the hairy grey foliage. We also grow a low growing form called Melaleuca incana 'Prostrate Form' Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, 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 where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome 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 would aid others in growing Melaleuca incana.