Melaleuca alternifolia/Tea Tree

Melaleuca alternifolia / Melaleuca alternifolia
Specimen tree in full flower in a Conroe, TX demonstration garden
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Specimen tree in full flower in a Conroe, TX demonstration garden

Fine-textured foliage

Close-up image of the fine-textured foliage

Canopy of a mature tree

Exfoliating, flaky bark

Young tree in full bloom in April in East Texas

Close-up image of exfoliating bark

Ferny foliage

Close-up image of white, fluffy foliage


White, bottlebrush-like flowers

Close-up image of white flowers

Flowers and foliage

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Scientific Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Common Name: Tea Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This evergreen tree has considerable merit as a spring flowering tree in dry landscpes in warm climates of the country. It produces an abundance of white flowers in spring. Flaky, exfoliating bark is another feature. Essential medicinal oils that are reported to have special antiseptic properties are produced by this tree.