Cajeput tree

Melaleuca quinquenervia


The Cajeput tree develops into medium to large evergreen tree with a tall and upright form, 25-40 ft. high, 15-25 ft. wide. Pale green leathery leaves are 2-3 in. long and lance-shaped with a pointed tip; noticeable creamy-white flowers occur in large brush-like clusters at the ends of branches from late summer into fall. Attractive bark is white to tan, and develops into thick spongy layers that can be peeled off like paper.

Native to coastal habitats of eastern Australia, the Cajeput tree is adapted to a wide range of soils including silts, clays, loams as well as seasonal flooding. In contrast to its natural environment, this tree is highly popular in Inland Empire landscapes and gardens due to its upright form and distinctive papery bark. It grows fast and performs well in narrow spaces between buildings as well as in lawn situations. It is useful as a street tree or as a multi-trunk specimen in courtyards and residential gardens. It often develops large surface roots when planted in heavy soils and in areas with surface moisture.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Open, Narrow, Multi-trunk
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Summer, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Silt, Moist soil, Loam, Deep soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Fog, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Specimen, Shade Tree, Screening, Residential spaces, Parks and open space, Grouped, Foundations, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Background plant
Height: 25 ft. – 40 ft.
Width: 15 ft. – 25 ft.

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