This tree is widespread in Northern Australia, as well as being found throughout Southeast Asia, and is commonly found in parks. The weeping paperbark can grow to more than 20m and is covered in papery bark with weeping thinner branches. It is similar to the broad-leaved paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia), but is considered to have more attractive foliage.
The bark had many traditional uses including; wrapping food for cooking, waterproofing buildings, wrapping the dead, and in building canoes. The leaves were used to treat respiratory infections.
Melaleuca leucadendra flowers for most of the year with cream, white or greenish-white flowers, arranged in spikes at the end of a branch. These flowers native attract birds and fruit bats. Weeping paperbark will grow in most areas and is tolerant of both wet and dry conditions, withstanding some frost however it doesn’t like colder areas such as mountains and Tasmania.