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Melaleuca alternifolia - Tea Tree

Melaleuca alternifolia - Tea Tree  (Melaleuca alternifolia - Tea Tree)

Here's another common Australian native tree in bloom. It has almost snow white flowers. Photo taken May 23, 2009 in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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I didn't imagine this tree to look like this !
It's quite a sparse looking tree and i'd always imagined it to look more luxuriant.
Delonix, your pictures are definately educating me, keep 'em coming !

29 May, 2009



This is just a very young tree...the larger trees are much fuller and the white flower cover the tips of the tree entirely. They can grow to more than 40 feet/ 13 meter tall.

30 May, 2009


They are magnificent trees when in full bloom.

30 May, 2009



Yes, they are...many species of Melaleuca are very widely grown here. They are usually called "paper bark trees"...and some speces grow to more than 70 feet/ 22 meters tall. I also though they should be called "sponge bark tree" because to me they feel like a soft sponge.

31 May, 2009


are they related to the cork trees of Spain? I buy a special cleaner that is made from the Melaleuca...

2 Jun, 2009



They are unrelated to Quercus suber - Cork Oak. Cork Oak is widely grown here and throughout most of fact, the tree next to the large Brazilian Coral tree in Balboa Park posted last week is Cork was in the way of me capturing the full Coral tree.

There's many species of Melaleuca...most grow in California.

2 Jun, 2009

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