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Melaleuca 'Ballarkona'

APPLICANT: Mr. L.E.G. (Gavan) Schaefer of ‘Ballarkona’, Gowrie Mountain, near Toowoomba.

ORIGIN: The original plant was found growing in the rock garden at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.

APPLICATION RECEIVED: October 1983

DERIVATION OF THE NAME: Gavan and his wife originally came from the towns of Ballarat and Arkona in Victoria.

DESCRIPTION: Large open shrub to 5m in diameter with linear, crowded, dark green leaves and flowerheads on lateral growths usually 80-100mm long x 30mm in diameter, cream.

DIAGNOSIS: Melaleuca ‘Ballarkona’ may be a hybrid with one parent likely to be M. armillaris. At around 5 metres in diameter M. ‘Ballarkona’ has the appearance of a smaller form of M. armillaris which generally grows to between 4-10 metres high by 2-8 metres in diameter. The smaller growth habit is combined with much larger flowers which are produced prolifically in spring mostly between 80-100 mm x 30 mm in diameter as opposed to the standard M. armillaris flowers which are approximately 30-60mm x 20-25mm in diameter.

COLOUR CODING: RHS Colour Chart 1995: Flowers: White Group 155a

CULTIVATION: Has proven extremely hardy in Canberra at the Australian National Botanic Gardens with some plants now over 30 years old.

ACRA REGISTRATION NUMBER: 348

REGISTRATION APPROVED: 6 November 2013