Melaleuca huegelii

Chenille Honey-myrtle

Family: Myrtaceae

Melaleuca huegelii is known as the Chenille Honey-myrtle. This species may develop into a tall shrub reaching a height of five metres. The specimens in our cold climate garden reach two metres in height. Leaves are small, almost triangular in shape and aromatic. The pure white flowers are held in terminal spikes and cover plants in early summer. Blooms are a magnet to many native insects including Blue Flower Wasps and various colourful Chafer Beetles. New growth grows out of the ends of flower spikes.

Melaleuca huegelii is a native of Western Australia and is found on the southwest coast.

In the garden

Both foliage and flowers are attractive features.

We have found that this species is free flowering as well as drought and frost tolerant.

Plants respond to the occasional light prune.

 

Propagation

Propagate from seed and cuttings.

Other information

By Warren and Gloria Sheather