Melaleuca bracteata Black tea-tree
5 - 15m
Widespread across the north of Australia, along watercourses or on heavier inland soils in depressions; north from the Macleay River.
Large compact shrub to small tree with dark grey rough bark and small narrow crowded leaves. Clusters of creamy white brushes occur at the ends of the branches. Very hardy, adaptable to most soils, full sun. Background shrub, screen, windbreaks, upper storey in a bush garden. Can be pruned to shape when young. Attracts birds and butterflies.
Cultivars: Revolution Green, Revolution Gold, Golden Gem