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Melaleuca uncinata - R.Br.

Common Name Broom honeymyrtle
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Usually found on sandy gravelly soils of fairly arid inland areas[152]
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia.
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Melaleuca uncinata Broom honeymyrtle


Melaleuca uncinata Broom honeymyrtle

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Melaleuca uncinata is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft 7in). It is in leaf all year. 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 dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Pectoral

Pectoral. The leaves are chewed to relieve catarrh[152, 154].

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Other Uses

Essential  Wood

An essential oil is obtained from the leaves, it has a peppermint flavour and is used medicinally[152, 154]. Wood - hard, durable, apt to split on drying[154]. The dried branches are used in brush fences[157].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

We do not have much information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. If it does succeed outdoors then it is only likely to do so in the very mildest parts of the country. It tolerates temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens because of our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. Requires a fertile, well-drained moisture retentive lime-free soil in full sun[182]. Prefers a soil that does not contain much nitrogen[188]. 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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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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