Q: Can the melaleuca in Florida be used for any useful purposes?

A:  Because of melaleuca's potential for rapid growth, scientists looked to see if it would be a worthwhile commercial forestry crop. In the 1970's they tested melaleuca to see if it was usable for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Fence posts
  • Tomato stakes
  • Fuel pellets
  • Insulation
  • Tannin for use in adhesives
  • Lumber for pallets
  • Wood pulp for paper

Results indicated that, for a multitude of reasons, mostly economical and environmental, melaleuca was unsuitable for commercial use, except as mulch.