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Melaleuca cuticularis, Melaleuca abietina, Saltwater Paperbark

Melaleuca cuticularis, Melaleuca abietina

Saltwater Paperbark
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Western Australia
Can be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

The branches of the plant are rigid and tortuous and the leaves linear to oblong, up to 1cm long and dark green in color. Stems and trunk are clad in a pale papery bark which contrasts well with the foliage. Judicious pruning should be carried out to expose the trunk and lower branches so that this feature can be accentuated. The cream flowers, in brushes, are borne at the ends of the branches.

In cultivation it seems to be adaptable to a few soil types but mainly prefers slightly heavy, moist soils. It needs protection from wind and seems to prefer full sunlight. Newly growing tips have been observed to be slightly burnt by frost, but otherwise the species is frost hardy.

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