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Melaleuca thymifolia

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melaleuca (me-luh-LOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: thymifolia (ty-mih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Melaleuca coronata

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive thistledome On Jul 19, 2013, thistledome from near Brisbane
Australia wrote:

These are a lovely little melaleuca which will tolerate poor soils, heat and dry periods. There is also now a white flowering form as well as a pink lace. You will find them really hardy and great for a display when in flower.

Neutral whisper38 On Feb 13, 2011, whisper38 from Marion, NC wrote:

i bought some seeds its been about 40 days now no sign of then sprouting, any help out there. thanks

Positive grovespirit On Jan 31, 2005, grovespirit from Sunset Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This shrub loves sandy soil and sun, which we have aplenty here in Seaside, CA. It is an attractive plant year round, with small dark green thyme like foliage. It blooms in the Fall, when it is literally covered in small pink to red flowers, which gives the branches a red-plume like appearance. Will grow into a small tree here in coastal Zone 11. Flowers are good for cutting and also dry well.


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

Martinez, California
Seaside, California
Marion, North Carolina

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