Melaleuca elliptica

Granite Honey-myrtle

Family: Myrtaceae

Melaleuca elliptica is a native of the southwest of Western Australia and is one of a large number of melaleucas from the west with great horticultural potential.

Melaleuca elliptica, the Granite Honey-myrtle, is a shrub that is said to reach a height of five metres. In our cold climate garden specimens are two metres tall after about ten years.

The leaves are greyish, elliptical (hence the species name) and up to 12 centimetres long.

Red flowers are held in cylindrical spikes on short lateral branches and are about eight centimetres long. Late spring to early summer is the main flowering period.

In more temperate climes than ours, sporadic flowering may occur at other times. At the height of the flowering period, blooms are profuse, conspicuous and bird-attracting.

In the garden

A site in full sun is best for maximum flowering. Light, occasional pruning is appreciated.

Melaleuca elliptica has proved to be hardy and free flowering in our cold climate garden.

Propagation

The original plants were propagated from seed. Subsequent propagation is from cuttings that readily and rapidly produce roots.

Other information

By Warren and Gloria Sheather