- San Diego Zoo
Bloom time (approximate):
Flaxleaf Paperbark or Snow in Summer Tree Melaleuca linariifolia
FAMILY: MYRTACEAE (Myrtle Family)
A tree with wildly different common names is Australia's flaxleaf paperbark Melaleuca linariifolia . While "flaxleaf paperbark" is a nice, quirky name, the tree's American name is much more romantic: the snow in summer tree. When our Melaleuca linariifolia blooms in July, the abundant fluffy white flower tufts that grace its branches make it look, indeed, like it is snowing in summer.