Totem-poles, Cajeput
Melaleuca decussata

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melaleuca (me-luh-LOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: decussata (de-KUSS-ah-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

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Hardiness:

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Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

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Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Dublin, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 16, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This Melaleuca grows in swampy areas in Victoria and South Australia. It grows well in gardens without the need for extra water. The flowers are an attractive mauve colour, although the heads are small and not particularly conspicuous. The name totem-poles is an unusual one and relates to the seed capsules. The capsules are borne in dense clusters along the stems and are held on the plant for many years. The wood of the growing branches gradually absorbs the capsules into it, and they remain as a swollen section of the branch which gives the supposed appearance of a totem-pole. I have a shrub in my garden about 1.5 metres tall after 12 years. It flowers regularly and some of its earlier seed pods have now become "totem-poles".