Red flowering tea tree

Melaleuca hypericifolia

Common name:

Red flowering tea tree

Scientific name:

Melaleuca hypericifolia

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Large shrub or small tree up to 4.5m high. It is erect at first and then spreading with very firm, papery bark. Mid-green, oblong leaves in opposite pairs. Small orange-red flowers are borne on showy, dense spikes from spring to early summer.

Additional Info

  • What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1b

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Western Cape.

    How does it spread?

    Seed dispersal.

    Why is it a problem?

    Invades coastal Fynbos on moist sites.

    What does it look like?

    Leaves:Mid-green, oblong leaves in opposite pairs. Flowers: Small orange-red flowers are borne on showy, dense spikes from spring to early summer.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    Ornamental.

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