Melaleuca nodosa

Prickly-leaved Paperbark

Family: Myrtaceae

Melaleuca nodosa, Prickly-leaved Paperbark, is a medium to tall shrub that may reach a height of 3 metres. Leaves are narrow, rigid and prickly (hence the common name).

Flowers are profuse and carried in dense, globular heads. They are deep yellow to white and appear in the leaf axils and at the ends of branches. Flowering begins in October and extends into early summer.

Melaleuca nodosa is found on the east coast of Australia from southern Queensland to the Sydney area, NSW.

In the garden

Melaleuca nodosa, is a colourful if rather prickly shrub. It is best not planted near passageways because of the spiky foliage.


Propagate from seed. Because of its prickly foliage, preparing cuttings would prove to be a painful experience.

Other information

The species name is from Latin, nodus meaning knobbly and refers to the clusters of fruiting capsules.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather