Melaleuca lanceolata - Moonah
Melaleuca lanceolata is a versatile and fascinating plant with a long history of use and significance in Australia. It is a long-lived dominant feature of limestone soils, often growing at the back of sand dunes and on the coastal cliff tops in all states. Moonah trees are often used in coastal restoration projects, as their deep root system helps to stabilize soil and prevent erosion. Moonah is well-adapted to withstand strong coastal winds, poor soils, and long dry summers and produces abundant nectar for birds during the summer when other flowers have finished blooming. The plant can take the form of a low-growing shrub or a tall tree, depending on its growing conditions.
Moonah can be easily grown at home and provide useful windbreaks. Moonah will grow well near the coast as well as inland having a preference for alkaline soils. Plant in multiples for greatest impact. Like most melaleucas it responds well to pruning, making this an ideal species for screening and hedging.