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
- 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.