Melaleuca Quinquinervia-'Broad-leaved Paperbark' 'Niaouli'-Therapeutic and Herbal-BUY IN BULK-seeds
Ideal sowing temp: 18-25C
Position: Open, Full Sun; Well Drained. Tolerates poor soils.
Sowing: Sow on surface. Cover very lightly with soil.
Care: Place 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.
Sprouting: 14-30 days.
Small, spreading tree to 15-20m high and 5-10m wide with thick, papery, bark in white, grey and beige shades, with cream or white bottle-brush shaped flowers from late spring-autumn. It likes swamps, floodplains, rivers, estuaries, and generally silty soils. Trees can live for over 100 years and fresh regrowth appears rapidly after fire.
Melaleuca quinquinervia is native to New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, and coastal eastern Australia. It is also known as “niaouli” and used to make essential oils for cleaning, antiseptic, and antibacterial purposes and used anywhere a fresh, clean aroma is required. The oil has also been known to be used to help with bladder infections, respiratory troubles and catarrh. The steam-distilled leaf oil is also used externally for colds, coughs, rheumatism and neuralgia, and it is widely used by some indigenous Australians to make a tea from the young leaves to treat general sickness, colds, and headaches. The nectar has also been used to create a beverage and a honey substitute. The timber is tolerant of being soaked, while the papery bark can be used for wrapping baked food and lining ground ovens or making coolamons and shelters.
Can be used for bonsai. It is often used as a street tree or planted in public parks and gardens in Sydney and is excellent as a windbreak, screening tree, and food source for a wide range of bird and insect species.
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****Please note: these are seeds (we are NOT selling these as live plants). Quarantine restrictions and costs prohibit us from selling these seeds to WA, Tas, and Internationally.