A genus comprising about one hundred species of mostly evergreen shrubs or trees, natives of Australia. All have black stems and white-barked branches. They are all highly ornamental and graceful in habit, thrive in poor soil and require only a moderate supply of water, - indeed, if well-cultivated requiring no artificial irrigation whatever.
Melaleuca decussata, Melaleuca fulgens and Melaleuca Leucadendron will be found among the best species for general cultivation.
Propagate by cuttings of half-ripe wood in Summer or by seeds sown in March or April. Cover the seeds lightly.