Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Melaleuca lateritia

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - April

Common name robin redbreast bush
Scientific name Melaleuca lateritia A.Dietr
Family  Myrtaceae

Genus: From two Greek words, melas, black, and leukos, white, because the first Melaleuca described had white branches against a black trunk, possibly blackened by fire.

Species: From Latin, lateritius, dark brick red, referring to the colour of the flowers.

Distribution Occurs in southwestern Western Australia where it is common on the coastal plain and in the Darling Range.
Native habitat It grows in low-lying areas of sandy clay which is subject to waterlogging in winter.

A small to medium shrub.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers can occur from spring to autumn.

Location in Garden

You can see these striking flowers in the Melaleuca bed between Lakes Sedgwick and Fitzpatrick.


Popular in cultivation because of its brilliant flowers and its adaptability in semi-arid, temperate and sub-tropical regions. It prefers a sunny site but will tolerate some shade, can withstand extended dry periods but can be damaged by heavy frosts. Plants respond well to pruning and old plants can be rejuvenated by very hard pruning.




Melaleuca lateritia

Melaleuca lateritia