Melaleuca alternifolia
Creamy Honey-myrtle, Tea Tree

Uses: Small bushy tree or shrub from north eastern Australia. Is often grown as a hedge , a living fence or to halt soil erosion.
Leaves are the main source of tea tree oil.
The essential oil is used in a variety of products including soap, antiseptics and the perfume industry.
Leaves were used by indigenous people to treat skin irritations.

  • Canopy Shape canopy-round Round
  • Height 3-5m
  • Spread 2-5m
  • Position
    • position-fullsun Full Sun
  • Family Myrtaceae
  • Botanical Name Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Common Name Creamy Honey-myrtle, Tea Tree
  • Origin NSW, Qld
  • Habit Upright, Dense
  • Landscape 2nd line coast, Coastal footslopes, Plains, Footslopes, Hills
  • Soil Texture Loam, Sand, Clay
  • pH Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Tolerates Drought, Lime, Moderate frost
  • Supplementary Watering Minimal
  • Flower Colour White, Cream
  • Flowering Time Spring, Summer
  • Foliage Dark-green
  • Flower Type Bottlebrush
  • Purpose Ornamental, Habitat, Screen
  • Evergreen/Deciduous Evergreen
  • Trunk Rough
  • Form Small Tree (Up to 7m)