Swamp Tea Tree

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Melaleuca dealbata

Family : Myrtaceae

The Swamp Tea Tree can grow to 20 metres. The bark is typical of the paperbark family, being cream coloured and having papery layers. The leaves are silvery and densely hairy when young, becoming greener and smoother with age. Like other paperbarks, they have distinctly parallel veins. Leaves are long and broad.

Flowers are small and creamy white, blooming close together on cylindrical spikes. Fruits are small, stalkless woody capsules. These contain a large number of tiny, splinter-like seeds.

This tree will tolerate wet conditions. It likes sandy loams but will grow in clay and silty soils. It is useful for coastal stabilisation as it has large roots and very strong wood. The nectar-rich flowers attract lots of wildlife, such as parrots, honeyeaters, flying foxes and possums.


Quick Facts

Flowers August to November
Fruit October to December
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds and Others
Growth Habit Large Tree
Typical Height <20m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Dry Areas to Wet Area
Salt Tolerance Extremely Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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