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Plant of the Month – Melaleuca 1

For the month of March I will be taking a look at 4 different varieties of the Australian Native Plant called the Melaleuca. The Melaleuca species of Australian Native Plant is quite varied with some varieties growing like shrubs and others more like small trees. Many Melaleuca varieties are regularly confused with varieties of Bottle Brush due to the similarity in flowers but they are indeed a very different species. However, the similarities do mean that they work very well in combination with varieties of Bottle Brush.

Here is the first variety for March

Melaleuca fulgensGenus: Melaleuca
Species: fulgens
Common Name: Apricot Delight
Flower Colour: Orange
Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Habit: Shrub to 2m
Flowering: Spring

The Melaleuca fulgens is more a shrub like Melaleuca, though it can grow rather tall and bushy. It can handle most shade situations, from full sun to full shade, and can also survive quite well in clay soils. In spring it has the most delightful little Bottle Brush like apricot flowers. One thing I really like about this variety of Australian Native Plant is that it is easily shaped. If planted side by side with either other fulgens or mixed with other shrub like varieties it can become a fantastic hedge that you can trim to suit your desire. A great choice of plant!

Thanks to Lullfitz nursery for much of this information!

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