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Cajeput Tree
Scientific Name: Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) S.T.Blake.
Synonym: Metrosideros quinquenervia, Melaleuca leucadendron
Family: Myrtaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 9,13,15-24
USDA: 9b-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: East coast of Australia, New Guinea and New Caledonia

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree, often multi-stemmed, 30 to 80 feet tall (9-24 m); whitish spongy bark in layers; narrowly elliptic, grey-green leaves, 2 to 5 inches long (5-12.5 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate to regular water, needs enough water to bloom well, tolerates poor drainage, dislikes drought

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds, easy

Wind and salt tolerant.
Invasive in Florida, it has taken over hundreds of thousand of acres of the Everglades.

Blooming Habits:
Cream to white flowers in cylindrical spikes, looking like a bottle-brush, 1.2 to 4 inches long (3-10 cm), in late spring to mid summer. The brown seed capsules persist around the stem for several years.

Fruiting Habits:

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