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Author Topic: What's this graveyard tree? Solved: Melaleuca  (Read 2047 times)

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What's this graveyard tree? Solved: Melaleuca
« on: February 25, 2003, 12:42:10 PM »
Some will know right away what this is.  If you do, give the others a chance to guess.  Charlie, Deadheader, Crosscut.....  You can play but you're disqualified to name it. :D

They form a pretty crown for landscaping

The seeds form like a row of corn from the sickeningly sweet smelling, bottle brush shaped flowers.

The thick bark is composed of many thin layers and is pliable like paper.  Many commonly call it a paperbark tree.
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Re: What's this graveyard tree?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2003, 01:00:14 PM »
It looks like it might be some kinda willow?

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Re: What's this graveyard tree?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2003, 04:14:23 PM »
It looks similar to a Russian Olive, but I've never seen one that big.

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Re: What's this graveyard tree?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2003, 06:38:47 PM »

Australian Paperbark Tree,  other common names -bottle brush tree, cajeput tree, melaleuca, niaouli, paperbark, punktree
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Re: What's this graveyard tree? Solved: Melaleuca
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2003, 06:49:56 PM »
That's good Chet!

It's taken over south Florida.  When I was a kid it was planted on our street as an ornamental.  Other than the bark, which I find neat, the main remembrance I have is the overpowering sweet smell of the flowers.  It was almost nauseating.  

I would certainly like to find a use for the lumber because a fellow could almost be paid to cut the trees down. 'Course if they found out you were using the tree then the economics would change and it would go from a nuisance weed to a valuable timber tree. :-/
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Re: What's this graveyard tree? Solved: Melaleuca
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2003, 07:38:14 PM »
Some of the invasive critters that plague Michigan are: purple loosestrife, glossy buckthorn, spotted knapweed, and zebra muscles. None of dem are sawable either.  :(
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Re: What's this graveyard tree? Solved: Melaleuca
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2003, 11:48:54 PM »
Yeah but Buckthorn is a beautiful wood to turn. Real nice grain and color.
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