COMMERCIAL NURSERY – TREES
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.