This species occurs in swamps and alongside estuaries in a narrow coastal strip, usually within a few kilometres of the ocean, from Rockhampton, south to Jervis Bay. It is also found offshore on Great Keppel, Moreton, Fraser and North and South Stradbroke Islands. The clusters of white or cream flowers appear from March to September, and peak over May and June. Because Mahogany grows in proximity to Jelly Bush in the wild there are often traces of Manuka activity with a recent sample showing 3.8 activity. This does not affect the distinctive flavour of mahogany honey.