Melaleuca lanceolata, commonly known as Moonah, is a small to medium-sized tree that is native to Australia. It is a popular choice for landscaping due to its attractive appearance and low maintenance requirements. Moonah has narrow, lance-shaped leaves and produces showy, white or pink flowers in the winter and spring, providing a colorful and fragrant visual element to any landscape. It is often used as a feature tree or in mass plantings, providing a naturalistic look to gardens and public spaces. Moonah is drought-tolerant and can thrive in a range of growing conditions, making it a resilient and low-maintenance plant.
Height: Up to 8 metres.
Width: Up to 5 metres.
Aspect: Prefers full sun to partial shade and is adapted to a range of soil types, including sandy and well-draining soils.
Flowers: Produces small, white or cream coloured flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer.
Uses: Melaleuca lanceolata is a popular tree for ornamental landscaping due to its attractive flowers and foliage. The tree is also used for soil stabilisation and conservation, particularly in coastal areas. Moonah is an important source of food and habitat for native wildlife, including birds and insects. The wood of the tree is sometimes used for furniture, while the leaves and twigs have been used in traditional medicine. Moonah has cultural significance to Indigenous Australians, who have used the leaves, bark, and wood of the tree for a range of traditional purposes, including as a treatment for coughs and colds, and to make tools and weapons.