Drought tolerant plants

Melaleuca hypericifolia

Melaleuca hypericifolia

Kings Park Special, a common Callistemon street tree in Pearcedale.

Kings Park Special, a common Callistemon street tree in Pearcedale.

 

Melaleuca hypericifolia is one of those plants that is so undemanding and yet beautiful with or without flowers. It is a very similar flower to the Callistemon. Like the Callistemon it is suitable to make into hedges or windbreaks, though mine is stands solitary near the front entrance. The birds love it. I like the way this plant has a gentle colour and is more unassuming than the Callistemon, that shouts to be noticed.

Callistemon hedge at Pearcedale Primary School

Callistemon hedge at Pearcedale Primary School

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15 thoughts on “Drought tolerant plants

    1. bkpyett Post author

      I would think it probably would. Martha had one growing in San Diego. How does their climate compare with yours? It must be tough as it grows here in diverse climates, from hot to cold.

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  1. ChristineR

    Like M-R, I thought they were the same plant, too. Barbara, I’ve looked it up and they both belong to the Myrtaceae Family a step further back which explains the bottlebrush flowers. My bottlebrush (Callistemon) was barely flowering for a couple of years, and I read somewhere that giving it a good whack would encourage flowering. I did, and it did!

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