Melaleuca quinquenervia – Broad-leaved Paperbark, Paperbark Tea Tree, Punk Tree

Melaleuca quinquenervia is probably the most familiar of the ‘paperbarks’  in eastern Australia. A medium sized to tall tree, with lovely thick soft papery bark in cream to brown shades. The growth is spreading and makes a beautiful feature tree, and flowers with white bottlebrushes in late summer to autumn, attracting nectar eating wildlife.

It withstands both very wet conditions and dryness, frost to -5. Can be pruned to a single trunk or to a branching spreading tree. As it is a large plant, care needs to be taken as the root system could become a problem.

The flowers serve as a rich source of nectar for other organisms, including fruit bats, a wide range of insect and bird species.

Uses: It is excellent as a windbreak and screening tree, often planted in public parks and gardens.


Dimensions: Height: 12 – 15 metres |  Width: 5-10 metres

Flowering: Cream or white bottlebrush-like flowers appear from late spring to autumn. A red-flowered form has been reported to be in cultivation. Flowering is followed by fruit which are woody, broadly cylindrical capsules, Each capsule contains many tiny seeds which are released annually.

Aspect: Full sun
Soil type: Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Planting rates: 1/m2

Maintenance: Very low maintenance but it can become woody in the middle if left untrimmed.

Available sizes: tube stock, 200mm pots & 45L
Availability: contact Bluedale Wholesale  Nursery for current availability list or to discuss our pre-grow commercial plant service.