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Melaleuca armillaris (Bracelet Honey Myrtle)

Bracelet Honey Myrtle, Drooping Melaleuca, Giant Honey Myrtle


Fast-growing and free-flowering, Melaleuca armillaris (Bracelet Honey Myrtle) is a large bushy evergreen shrub or small tree with soft, needlelike, glossy light green leaves, 1 in. long (2.5 cm). In spring and summer, the plant is covered with dense spikes of cream to white flowers that resemble bottlebrushes. They attract birds and a range of insects. The furrowed gray bark peels off in strips near the base of the trunk.Tough, Bracelet Honey Myrtle is drought, salt, frost tolerant 20ºF (-6ºC). It can withstand severe coastal exposure and harsh sea winds. Bracelet Honey Myrtle is a popular garden subject, particularly useful as a screen or living fence. Makes a great habitat for birds. Known to damage underground services, it is best to keep this plant at least 20 ft. (6 m) away of any wastewater pipes.

  • Grows up to 15-30 ft. tall and wide (450-900 cm). Adds 36 in. per year (90 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils including sandy, acid, alkaline and heavy clay. Suited to both wet and dry soils, it tolerates waterlogging.
  • Great as a screen or hedge, Mediterranean gardens or coastal gardens.
  • Virtually disease free and pest free. Keep an eye out for phytophthora and root rot.
  • Pruning improves foliage density. Looks best if clipped after flowering.
  • Propagate from seed and cuttings.
  • Native to Southern and Southeastern Australia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Melaleuca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Spread 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Low, Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Melaleuca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Spread 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Low, Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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