Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
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