Melaleuca leucadendron
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Melaleuca leucadendron


  family myrtaceae 
  genus melaleuca 

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Genus  Melaleuca Species  leucadendron Variety  Cultivar  Common names  cajeput   cajeput Family  MYRTACEAE Specimen number  S10393 Data source  MedPl p232;Xeri p305
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  40' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 10a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 30� Fahrenheit. It usually does best in dry soils. Melaleuca leucadendron tolerates occasional periods of drought. Cajeput tree (also known as cajuput) tolerates windy and salty seaside conditions.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  yes Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antiseptic   antispasmodic   antineuralgic   antirheumatic   decongestant Medicinal parts  Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  yes Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Melaleuca leucadendron has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as an antiseptic, as an antispasmodic, as an antineuralgic and as an antirheumatic. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) Cajeput tree (sometimes called cajuput) should only be used under professional guidance. This plant is legally restricted in some countries. Only the essential oil is used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Melaleuca leucadendron is a woody perennial. Cajeput tree (locally known in some parts as cajuput) is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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