A useful medium sized dense shrub, growing around a metre wide and to 3 metres tall, with attractive pom pom pale purple flowers from spring through summer. The narrow habit makes it good choice for those difficult spots where a taller shrub is needed for screening without too much pruning to keep the width in check. It is a very adaptable shrub to different conditions, is drought tolerant, copes well with frost, good for coastal gardens. Can take sun to part shade, great for low maintenance gardens. A light trim every now and again will encourage an even more dense habit. A good plant to provide a habitat and food for insects and smaller birds.
|Scientific Name:||Melaleuca nesophila|
|Common Name:||Honey Myrtle|
|Plant Type:||Large shrub|
|Height:||2 ~ 3 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 1.3 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Purple, Mauve|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Column-shaped|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Uses:||Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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