Plant of the Month – Melaleuca 4

Hasn’t March flown by! We are up to the fourth installment in the plant of the month series. Last week we looked at the Grey Honey Myrtle, Melaleuca incana, the last of the Melaleuca series this week will be the Melaleuca viridiflora.

Genus: Melaleuca
Species: viridiflora
Common Name:
Flower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Habit: Small tree to 5m
Flowering: Autumn

The viridiflora is the Melaleuca variety that most looks like, and is confused with, Bottle Brushes. The distinctive red flower is almost identical to a Bottle Brush flower however the main give away that this is a melaleuca is the bark, which is much whiter than Bottle Brush trees.  Melaleuca viridiflora is a tree variety which grows to about 5m high and around about 2m wide. It is a great bird attracter and prefers full sun but can handle part shade. An absolutely fantastic Australian Native Plant choice.