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Melaleuca incana

Melaleuca Incana | Growing and Care Guide Australia

Last week I reviewed the Silver leaved paperbark, Melaleuca argentea, this week I’ll be reviewing the Grey Honey Myrtle, Melaleuca incana

Melaleuca Incana Features

Melaleuca incanaGenus: Melaleuca
Species: incana
Common Name: Grey Honey Myrtle
Flower Colour: Yellow and/or white
Foliage Colour: Grey
Growth Habit: Shrub to 2m
Flowering: Spring

A third variety of Melaleuca and a third pretty much completely different variety. The incana is another shrub variety of Melaleuca but it has the most wonderful little yellow flowers, though white flowered version seem to be around as well.

The Melaleuca incana is native to Western Australia but can handle most climates and can handle sandy, gravel or clay soils. It definitely prefers more sun to shade, but can handle part shade. Also looks fantastic planted with other Melaleuca varieties. Try mixing and matching a few to get the desired look for your garden.

Melaleuca Fulgens | Growing and Care Guide Australia

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.

Melaleuca Fulgens Features

Melaleuca fulgensGenus: Melaleuca
Species: fulgens
Common Name: Apricot Delight or scarlet honey myrtle
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!