Kruse’s mallee is a handsome shrub with a spreading, upright canopy. As a utility-friendly plant, it won’t grow much above 15 feet at a rate of 12 inches a year. However, it lives for up to 60 years. Often more expansive than it is tall, this shrub is densely packed with stems. The bark is smooth and with a coppery or grey color. Attractive flowers bloom in the Spring and Summer. The leaves are circular, oppositely arranged, and blue-green. Aromatic when crushed, florists often use tried stems in floral arrangements.
It is both wind and drought-tolerant. It grows best in full sun. Endemic to Australia, Kruse’s mallee thrives in Hawaii. In general, it is low maintenance; however, it does drop dried fruit capsules.
- Container plant
- Cut flower
- Privacy / screening