Melaleuca linariifolia ‘Claret Tops’ – Honey Myrtle

 

A dense compact shrub with small leaves and attractive claret coloured new growth. A great foliage plant that has the form of a conifer, with masses of small white flowers in spring as well. A great plant for creating colour contrasts with other plants, massed plantings, also good in containers. Can be pruned to shape for formal or informal hedging and screening and for topiary and bonsai work. Good in most soils, best in well drained ones with good organic content. More sun will brighten the foliage colours.

Scientific Name:Melaleuca linariifolia
Family:Myrtaceae
Common Name:Honey Myrtle
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.2 metre
Width:0.6 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Feature plant, Screen, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Fragrant oils, Bonsai, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.