6 responses to “Melaleuca hadra”

  1. nsf

    When I opened your page, I was amazed to see the lovely purple flowers and even more surprised to read the positive text. Here in South Florida “Melaleuca” is a curse word. One of our worst invasives is Melaleuca quinquenervia. Yes, it has nice white bottlebrush flowers. Yes, it’s almost white bark is attractive. However, it is one of the worst offenders for taking over the Everglades. My recollection is that Melaleuca quinquenervia was an import from Australia. Nice to learn that the genus has redeeming plants.

    1. Dana D

      I grew up in Miami, FL where Melaleuca quinquenervia was adored by my grandmother when I was a child. I remember peeling the papery layers of the bark on the tree in her backyard. I am in the same set of mind as NSF, I had a teacher in the 80s that maintained one of the famous pilots that helped settle South Florida, possibly Eddie Rickenbacher, loved this tree so much that he flew over South Florida spreading the seed.

  2. Wendy Cutler

    I forgot to mention the photos. Not only are the purple flowers lovely, as nsf noted, but the intensity of light on those dark flowers is extraordinary.

  3. Wendy Cutler

    It looks like I didn’t have the full story on the issue. J.B. Friday, an extension forester with the U. of Hawai’i, has posted some photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbfriday/39503098411/ with the comment: “While the tree only naturalizes sparingly in upland areas, in low-lying wet areas, swamps, or marshes, it spreads and produces dense thickets. With a high Hawai’i-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment score of 15, it is NOT recommended for introduction to new areas (plantpono.org/inv-plant.php?id=29).”

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