Melaleuca ericifolia

Swamp Paperbark

Dense or open upright suckering shrub or small tree. Papery bark.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size4-9 m x 2-6 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 3-25 m
  • LeavesSmall narrow leaves, either singly or rings of 3, 7-19 mm x c. 1 mm, tip blunt. Glands indistinct on lower surface.
  • Flower colourCream
  • Flowering timeOctober to November
  • FlowersPlant covered in short terminal flower spikes to 17 mm long and more than 1 cm wide. Small woody capsule.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet swampy conditions, forming thickets. Frost tolerant. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useForms a dense copse in moist to wet areas. Can be restricted in size and spread when planted in drier areas. Screening plant. Prolific flowerer.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Paper bark - paintings, wrapping for babies, blankets, bandages, roofing; oil from leaves - medicine, stem and root - clubs, nectar - drink.
  • Related speciesMelaleuca parvistaminea differs from the above with its rough scaly bark, smaller flower clusters, less than 1 cm wide, and rough leaves have protruding oil glands. It does not have a lignotuber but can still form thickets.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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