The Melaleuca’s flowers are of a similarly playful pipe cleaner design to those of the Bottlebrush, and justifiably so because they’re both in the Myrtle family. The Melaleucas’ leaves and trunks also have similar shapes and hues to its fellow Australian cousin, the Eucalyptus. But, the Melaleuca does have one feature that sets it apart – it’s bark. There are many ways in which the internet is limiting, but in this case I just can’t convey the texture of Melaleuca bark. I strongly suggest you smoosh the trunk of the next Melaleuca you encounter because you will find it is delightfully smooshable.
Posted on December 26, 2011, in Trees of Los Angeles and tagged Bottlebrush Tree, Melaleuca, Myrtles, native Australian Trees, pipe cleaner flowers, Trees, Trees of Los Angeles, yellow pipe cleaner flowers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.