Melaleuca nesophila
Common name: 
Pink Melaleuca
Showy Honey-myrtle
Western Tea Myrtle
me-luh-LOO-ka nee-soh-FY-luh
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Evergreen shrub or small tree to about 20 ft tall and 12 ft wide (6 m x 3.6 m), forms an asymmetrical greyish-white frame  Bark is thick and spongy and peels off in broad strips.  Leaves are small, to about 2.5 cm, bright green, elliptic to oblong-obovate.  Flowers in terminal pompon-like clusters, 2.5 cm across, lavender to rose pink; appear in late spring through summer.
  • Sun, tolerant of ocean winds and salt spray, grows in rocky soil, drought tolerant when established.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 9         Native to the coastal districts of southern Western Australia.
  • nesophila: island (neso) loving or friendly (phila).
  • UC Santa Cruz Botanical Garden
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  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flowers, leaves and fruit clusters

    flowers, leaves and fruit clusters

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • fruit clusters

    fruit clusters