Melaleuca styphelioides – Prickly Paperbark, Prickly-leaved paperbark

Melaleuca styphelioides, Prickly Paperbark, is a medium tree that may reach a height of 20 metres. The papery bark peels off in strips. Leaves are ovate, dark green, up to 15 millimetres long and crowned with a sharp point (hence the common name). The prickly foliage provides nesting sites for small native birds.

M. styphelioides grows along stream banks and low-lying areas. In cultivation the species will also survive and thrive in well-drained situations. Foliage, flowers and bark are all attractive features. The Prickly Paperbark is widespread in NSW and occurs in tableland and coastal areas as well as Queensland. There are isolated populations in Victoria. The Prickly Paperbark is used as a street tree in some Sydney and Melbourne suburbs as it flowers nicely and can handle the pollution.

Uses: Ornamental, habitat, screen


Dimensions: Height: 4 – 10 metres |  Width: 2 – 3 metres

Flowering: Flowers white & cream in the spring & summertime  

Aspect: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil type: Can tolerate smog, pollution and saline soils. Clay, Loam, Sand.
Planting rates:

Maintenance: Light pruning after flower will maintain shape

Available sizes: 140mm pots & 200mm pots
Availability: contact Bluedale Wholesale  Nursery for current availability list or to discuss our pre-grow commercial plant service.