A shrub or small tree to about 9 m tall from coastal wetlands in southeastern Australia. Its trunk is covered by papery bark and it has narrow, dark green leaves and white, perfumed, bottlebrush flowers followed by woody capsules with tiny seeds.
Melaleuca ericifolia is also the source of a highly desirable essential oil. In cultivation it is a fast growing and salt tolerant ornamental for warm temperate zones in USDA Zone 8 and above and particularly suitable for areas with coastal exposure. Germination: Light germinator! Only sprinkle on the surface of the substrate + slightly press on. Substrate: coir or sowing mix + perlite. Keep bright and constantly moist but not wet. Germination takes 3-6 weeks.