Snow-In-Summer, Flax Leaf Paperbark, Cajeput Tree, Flaxleaf Paperbark
Melaleuca linariifolia

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melaleuca (me-luh-LOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: linariifolia (lin-ar-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Diego, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 29, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

I was inspired to add this plant to the database, by seeing Poppysue's picture of a chickweed, Cerastium tomentosum, with the common name Snow-In-Summer yesterday.
Here in Australia, Snow-In-Summer is a small tree, with white feathery bottlebrush flowers. It flowers around Christmas-time, which is summer downunder and the trees are then covered in dense masses of pure white flowers, so that the tree looks just as if it is laden with snow.
I met it first in the Botanical Gardens in Canberra. I was standing under a small tree and was aware of a wonderful scent in the air. I looked at plants all around me and it was a while before I realised that it was the tree I was standing under that smelled so nice.
I planted one in my front garden 10 years ago and it is now a lovely... read more