Melaleuca huegelii
Chenille Honey-myrtle

Uses: A highly ornamental medium to tall shrub. Plant singly as a background shrub in mixed plantings or in a group as a wind-break, shelter or barrier in wider verges, median strips, parks and reserves. Attracts nectar eating birds and insects, bird habitat. Requires well-drained soils. Responds to pruning.
Cultural use: Indigenous peoples used nearly every part of this genus in their day-to-day lives. Fibre and bark for clothing and swaddling babies, drinks made from the nectar, wood and stems for implements and to construct shelters.
Note: This species is provisionally classified schedule 1, Regulation 24.2 under the Sewerage Act. Written approval is required prior to planting in streets or roads. It should not be planted closer than two metres to any sewer main or connection.

  • Height 1-8m
  • Spread 2-6m
  • Position
    • position-partshade Part Shade
    • position-fullsun Full Sun
  • Family Myrtaceae
  • Botanical Name Melaleuca huegelii
  • Common Name Chenille Honey-myrtle
  • Origin WA
  • Habit Erect to spreading
  • Landscape Coast, 2nd line coast, Coastal footslopes, Coastal cliffs, Plains
  • Soil Texture Clay, Loam, Sand
  • pH Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Tolerates Drought, Lime, Moderate frost, Salt spray
  • Supplementary Watering Minimal
  • Flower Colour White, Cream
  • Flowering Time Spring, Summer
  • Flower Type Bottlebrush
  • Purpose Wind protection, Screen, Ornamental, Habitat, Bush food
  • Evergreen/Deciduous Evergreen
  • Form Large Shrub (Usually exceeds 3.6m)