Melaleuca squarrosa|Scented Paperbark

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Upright, open to compact shrub, rarely a small tree to 10m. Papery to corky bark, rough on older stems.
Size (W x H)
1-2m x 2-5m
Leaves paired, each pair at right angles to next, egg-shaped, pointed tip, 5-7 veins, dotted with glands below, 5-12mm x 3-7mm.
Terminal spike of perfumed flowers to 5cm long. Capsules persistent, wrinkled.
Flower colour
Pale yellow
Flower time
September to February
Growing conditions
Moist to wet swampy soils. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
Commonly used for
An attractive shrub with wafting perfume. Requires summer moisture to achieve full size. Pruning beneficial.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory