Often called 'Snow in Summer' or 'Flax leaf paperbark'. Malaleuca linariifolia is a small tree growing 6 m to 10 m tall. The bark is creamy white and papery in texture. The leaves are narrow and grow 2 cm to 4 cm long and 1 mm to 4 mm wide.
The plant flowers for a short spell in late spring or summer from October to February. The flowers are cream and produced in spikes about 4 cm long. Bees and pollinators favour this flower. The fruit capsules are about 4 mm in long.
Full sun is preferred but it can take some light shade. Useful for creating screening and wind breaks on a property. Essential oils made from this tree have a nutmeg scent and it shares antibacterial properties like its close relative the Tea tree Melaleuca.
Although this tree is not fussy about soil or wind, it is prone to laying over in sandy soil as it gets larger. Recommend staking the first few years after planting or keeping tree form balanced with selective pruning to avoid sprawling shrub.
The wood is hard and durable under water, making it suitable for submerged pilings on swampy ground or in water, or if properly dried can be used for firewood.
The peeled bark makes excellent kindling, or fire-starting material, and has long been used by Indigenous Australians for this purpose.
The flowers are actively visited by honeybees, as a source of nectar and pollen but both are produced in only moderate amounts. The small amount of honey produced is dark amber and strongly flavoured.
Form: Tree to 8 Metres High
Aspect: Full Sun
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available