Origin: Oceania

Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Myrtoideae
Tribe: Melaleuceae
Scientific Name: Melaleuca quinquenervia (also M. viridiflora)

Folk Names: Broad-leafed tea tree, nerolina (M. quinquenervia)


Element: Air
Direction: South
Days: Wednesday
Planet: Uranus
Zodiac: Aquarius

Magical Properties: Healing, cleansing, protection, harmony, consecration, stimulant, balance

Substitutions: Cajeput, eucalyptus, tea tree, wattle


Part Used: Leaves and young twigs
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 50°C

Scent Type: Herbaceous
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Earthy-herbaceous, reminiscent of eucalyptus


Nerolina is a chemotype of Melaleuca quinquenervia that is particularly high in the compound E-nerolidol.

Part Used: Leaves and young twigs, sometimes also flowers
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 96°C

Scent Type: Herbaceous
Perfume Note: Middle/top
Scent Description: Floral/herbaceous, sweet citrus aroma

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Emotionally uplifting, stimulating, helps with mental focus, and can be used to ease colds/flus and congestion. Repels insects.



Active Constituents: Tea tree oil contains a variety of terpenoids, which are thought to be responsible for most of the antibacterial and antiseptic activity. One chemotype (nerolina) is incredibly high in E-nerolidol (also found in lavender, tea tree, sage, jasmine, ginger, and lemongrass) and the other is high in 1,8-cineole (the main compound in eucalyptus oil).

Medicinal Properties:

Indigenous Medicinal Uses:


Due to the timber’s tolerance for being soaked, it has been used in fencing.

Also frequently used as a street tree, or planted in public parks and gardens. It is sometimes used as a bonsai.

Indigenous Uses:


Type: Evergreen tree
Plant size: 8-15m
Bark: White/grey/beige papery bark
Leaves: Flat, leathery, dull-green leaves, 6-12cm long and 1-3cm wide, with hairy/fluffy new growth.
Flowers: Late spring to early Autumn: Spikes 2-5cm long comprised of 5-18 groups of 3 flowers with white/cream stamens; branches continue growing out past the flowers.
Fruit: Broadly cylindrical, woody capsules, 2.5-4mm long, and clustered along the spike. Seeds are released annually.

Etymology: Quinquenervia comes from the Latin quinque meaning “five” and nervus, “vein”, referring to the leaves usually having five veins.

In the Garden

Type: Evergreen tree
Light: Full sun
Water: Keep damp