Genus and Species: Melaleuca quinquenervia
Common Name: Paperbark Tree

Habit and Cultural Information:

Type: Evergreen  
Category: Tree
Origin: Australia
Height: 20 – 40 feet   
Width: 15 – 25 feet
Form: Upright a 
Water Needs: Low water needs   
Sunset Western Garden zones: 9,12,13,15-17, 20-24
Winter Hardiness: 20-25
Exposure: Full sun
Foliage: Narrow oval, shiny pale green   
Flower: Yellowish white
Bark: Thick spongy peels off in sheets

Other Details: The Melaleuca quinquenervia is one of the most interesting species of trees due to its unique spongy bark that is sometimes used to line wire baskets.  The Paperbark tree is commonly used for planting 8-12 feet apart to make a pleasant grove. Australian Aboriginals clans and tribes around Australia use the bark for a boiled brew to treat sicknesses and the essential oils are used in cosmetic products. The exfoliating bark of the Melaleuca quinquenervia make this a must if you are looking for uniqueness in your landscape.