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Melaleuca thymifolia - Sm.

Common Name Thymeleaf melaleuca
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp heathy places and open scrub[157, 260].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland.
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Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Melaleuca thymifolia is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

M. coronata.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Antiseptic

An essential oil obtained from the fresh leaves and twigs is antiseptic[156].

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Other Uses

Essential

An essential oil obtained from the leaves is comparable to the better Eucalyptus oils[156].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

Cultivation details

Requires a fertile, well-drained moisture retentive lime-free soil in full sun[182]. Prefers a soil that does not contain much nitrogen[188]. Plants in Australian gardens succeed in a sunny position in most soils so long as they are moist[157]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it should succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country. Plants tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. One report says that it can tolerate occasional lows to about -5°c[260]. Seed takes about 12 months to develop on the plant, the woody seed capsules persist for 3 or more years[200]. Any pruning is best done after the plants have flowered with the intention of maintaining a compact habit[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow in spring or autumn onto a pot of permanently moist soil in a warm greenhouse. Emmerse in 5cm of water and do not water from overhead. Grow on until the seedlings are 0.5cm tall then remove from the water and pot up a week later. Seedlings are liable to damp off when grown this way, sowing the seed thinly, good ventilation and hygiene are essential for success[200]. Grow the plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and then plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe lateral shoots with a heel, July/August in a frame[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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