Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) in the Melaleucas Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 10 - 20 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: 3/8 inch woody, cup shaped capsules containing numerous tiny seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: Small, cream to white flowers growing on 6 inch spikes; resembling bottle brush.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects


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Posted by tropicalover (Northeast Pa - Zone 5a) on Oct 30, 2013 9:21 AM

This is such a wonderful tree! It does well inside in a container by west-facing window, but in zone 5a I doubt it will ever flower. Still, I love the scent of it! Just like being in the woods again. From what I've read, stems are not viable for rooting, but if it ever flowers and seeds, I will have them for trade. This tree is 4 years old and I will probably do distilling of the leaves sometime this spring for tea tree oil.

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