Celebrating Prickly Paperbark

Melaleuca styphelioides

Its leaves may be a bit prickly to handle but the tree makes up for it in flaky, flapping, buzzing-ness!

This tree will literally hum with life when it’s in flower as every bee, butterfly & nectar eating bird will visit for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

It also has really cool bark that flakes off in big papery sheets, the prickly leaves can be crushed & sniffed to relieve a cold or steeped as a tea.
It’s also very tough & drought tolerant when established.

H: 8-10m W: 6-8m the wide bushy canopy makes it a great shade tree often planted as street trees & in parks.

Abundant white flowers appear in spring/summer.

 

 

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