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Melaleuca Linariifolia "Snow In Summer" Seeds

Melaleuca Linariifolia "Snow In Summer" Seeds

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** not available to WA, Tasmania or International buyers.

Melaleuca linariifolia, is also known as snow-in-summer, narrow-leaved paperbark, flax-leaved paperbark and in the language of the Gadigal people as budjur. It is a plant in the Myrtaceae family and is endemic to New South Wales and Queensland. A hardy plant, it flowers in late spring or summer, making it a popular garden shrub or small tree in mild to moderate climates. Melaleuca linariifolia is a small tree growing to a height of 6–10 m with distinctive and attractive white or creamy white, papery bark and a dense canopy. The flowers are white to creamy-white, perfumed and arranged in spikes on the ends of branches which continue to grow after flowering, sometimes also in the upper leaf axils. 

Melaleuca linariifolia is cultivated as an ornamental tree for parks and gardens and is also used as a screen or windbreak in Australia and overseas.] It is popular as a nature strip tree in Melbourne in Victoria.  It tolerates both dry and boggy conditions and is frost hardy. It should be planted with caution as it can damage wastewater pipes, and is easily ignitable, so should not be planted in fire-prone areas. It has also become a garden escape in Western Australia[ however it suitable for planting under powerlines and is a food or habitat sources for native animals, including many insects.

There is a range of cultivars that has been developed including dwarf forms such as "Snowstorm" to 1.5 metres tall and "Seafoam" 2.5 metres

This species is rich in essential oils, especially Terpinen-4-ol. It has a wider range of tolerance to environmental conditions than the main current source of "tea tree" oil, Melaleuca alternifolia and therefore has potential as an alternative.

Adapted from wikipedia

To grow: Germination of the seed of Melaleuca species is usually quite easy by normal seed raising methods. No special pretreatment is needed. Germination should occur in 14 to 30 days, depending on the species. A common method used for germination of Melaleuca and related plants is the "bog method" where the pot containing the seeds is placed into a saucer of water until germination occurs. This results in moisture reaching the seeds by capillary action and ensures that the seeds do not dry out.

 

** not available to WA, Tasmania or International buyers.

*****Please note:   We do NOT sell live plants at all!!  Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of these seeds to Western Australia, Tasmania, and Internationally.


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