There are almost 300 species of plants in the Melaleuca genus that range in size from small shrubs to large trees. They generally have blooms that are like a small brush, where each brush may contain up to 80 individual flowers. Most melaleucas are endemic to Australia. The genus Callistemon was recently incorporated into this genus, but they are kept separate on this site for now.
Name Derivation: Having a black trunk & white branches
Melaleuca is in the family Myrtaceae.