Natural Distribution: Grows locally in the Perth region
Melaleuca acerosa (CC-BY-NC 4.0) – Daniel Montesinos
Melaleuca acerosa (CC-BY-NC 4.0) – David McCorquodale
Melaleuca acerosa (CC-BY-NC 4.0) – gillbsydney
Melaleuca acerosa (CC-BY-NC 4.0) – Jonathan Meyer
Growing at a Glance
See Growing Guide for more detail
Position: Suitable for a sunny position.
Watering: A waterwise, drought-hardy plant.
Feeding: Fertiliser not required.
Pruning: Generally not needed.
Coast Honey-myrtle prefers an open, full sun position and is perfect for a feature shrubbery. This plant and its neighbours should be well spaced so they don’t overlap once fully grown. For best results, avoid morning, overhead or afternoon shade.
Coast Honey-myrtle is ideally placed in the middle of your garden bed.
When to Plant and Watering
Plant young seedlings in Djeran (mid-Autumn) prior to the Makuru rains (Winter). Avoid planting in the hottest times of the year.
Seedlings should be watered twice a week over their first summer in the garden. It is important to ensure water penetrates down into the root-zone.
We recommend using a soil wetting agent as Perth soils are often ‘water repellent’, or do not absorb water effectively.
A layer of composted, coarse mulch can help in getting your garden started. It will help by reducing water loss and suppressing the growth of weeds.
Coast Honey-myrtle are waterwise, drought-hardy plants and do not require supplementary water once established.
Coast Honey-myrtle should be grouped with other waterwise, drought-hardy plants.
Feeding and Soil Care
Coast Honey-myrtle don’t need fertiliser because they are adapted to grow in our local soils, which are typically low in nutrients.
Plants will benefit from adding some vegetable-based compost (avoid those with manure) into the soil at planting.
As your garden develops, practice ‘cut and drop’ when you prune your plants. The leaf and branch material that falls to the ground slowly breaks down over time, releasing nutrients to help your garden to grow.
How to Prune
Coast Honey-myrtle generally don’t need pruning for shape, as their natural growth is usually attractive and/or interesting.
If part of the plant dies or grows in an undesired direction, prune from the base of the stem in question with a pair of secateurs or loppers.
You can also leave dead leaves and branches on the plant, as they provide valuable habitat and camouflage for insects.
Coast Honey-myrtle can be maintained to their desired shape with regular tip-pruning.
Pluck the top couple of centimetres of the plant’s growing tips by hand once or twice a year.
If necessary use pruning shears, but avoid cutting down to the hard woody stems.
This provides habitat for Invertebrates, Birds, Reptiles, and Frogs