Melaleuca elliptica, from West Australia, grows up to 4 metres but can be pruned to smaller dimensions as it can get straggly otherwise. Pruning also helps the flower display as flowers often grow on old wood so they can be partly hidden by new growth. The flowers start off a deep red/scarlet colour but tend to end up a pale pink colour. The bark is quite flaky which gives the plant an interesting, gnarled look. It grows best in full sun and, apparently, is tolerant of sea spray.