Leptospermum and its Relatives - Further Information

Most books dealing with Australian native plants will contain useful information on the botany and horticulture of Leptospermum and its relatives. There are also a number of useful resources on the internet. Some of the most detailed references are listed below.


  • Cornford, C (1999), "Callistemon, Melaleuca, Kunzea, Leptospermum and Other Genera Within the Myrtaceae Family", ANPSA Melaleuca and Allied Genera Study Group. A checklist of species and their performance under cultivation in a range of districts.
  • Elliot, R and Jones D (1982 to current), "The Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants", all volumes, Lothian Publishing Company Pty Ltd, Melbourne.
  • Holliday, I (1989), "A Field Guide to Melaleucas", Hamlyn, Australia.
  • Holliday, I (1997), "A Field Guide to Melaleucas Volume 2", Published by I Holliday.
  • Holliday, I (2004), "Melaleucas: A Field and Garden Guide", Reed New Holland, Sydney (see review in the June 2004 issue of Australian Plants online).
  • Wrigley, J and Fagg, M (1993), "Bottlebrushes, Paperbarks and Tea Trees", Angus and Robertson, Australia.


Several issues of the Society's journal "Australian Plants" are particularly useful for those interested in Leptospermum and related plants.

  • Vol 9, Nos.69 and 70 December 1976 and March 1977; A two-part, detailed description of Callistemon, Melaleuca and related plants including a botanical outline of the features of the Myrtaceae.
  • Vol 11, No.89 December 1981; Detailed descriptions of most Callistemon species and many cultivars.
  • Vol 14, No.112 September 1987; Myrtles, including Angasomyrtus, Homalospermum and Pericalymma.
  • Vol 16, No.125 December 1990; Details of botany of Melaleuca and its relatives, including line drawings and photographs.
  • Vol 16, No.127 June 1991; Information on Melaleuca, Calothamnus and Asteromyrtus with photographs.
  • Vol 20, No.161 December 1999; The Tea Trees; Leptospermum.
  • Vol 21, No.168 September 2001; Information on Melaleuca and related genera; Growing Callistemon in large pots.
  • Vol 21, No.171 June 2002; Melaleuca for the garden.
  • Vol 22, No.179 June 2004; "Melaleuca psammophila"
  • Vol 23, No.182 March 2005; Revision of the Broombush "Melaleuca uncinata Complex"


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