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A picture of a Bottlebrush


Melaleuca spp.

Also known as

Paper Bark, Honey Myrtle

Melaleuca linearifolia leaves and flowers by Geoff Derrin (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Bottlebrush
A Melaleuca tree in full flower
A close up of an orange Melaleuca flower
A close up of some pink flowers on a Melaleuca plant

Bottlebrush Overview

Melaleuca is a genus of around 381 evergreen trees and shrubs in the Myrtaceae family endemic to Australia and Malesia where they grow in a range of habitats including waterlogged areas, saline swamps and regions that are occasionally destroyed by forest fires. They resemble Banksia species because of their showy bottlebrush flowers and some are popular in cultivation as they can form dense screens that makes them useful as hedging specimens.

Common problems with Bottlebrush

How to propagate Bottlebrush



Semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Special features of Bottlebrush

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Bottlebrush

Grown for their flowers and overall appearance.

Summer Flowering Shrubs

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