is a small but spectacular evergreen tree or shrub. Of the family Myrtaceae
it is well known as Callistemon or Bottlebrush Tree. It is
easy to grow and loves warmth, moisture and sun. Bottlebrush
is native to Australia mostly growing in moist soil in open or woodland sites.
Bottlebrush tree inflorescence
Bottlebrush tree. Click image to enlarge.
Bottlebrush tree leaves. Click image to enlarge.
Bottlebrush tree bark. Click image to enlarge.
Common Name: Callistemon
Plant Type: Evergreen
Tree or Shrub
Zones: 9 - 11,
Sub-tropical -- withstands light frost or short cold spells down to 32° if kept fairly
dry in winter.
Rate of Growth: Medium
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
fertile, moist, but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil
Water Requirements: Water
freely spring to autumn, keep fairly dry in winter
Nutritional Requirements: Balanced
liquid fertilizer monthly, Top-dress in spring
Light Requirements: Full
for their colorful, terminal or axillary, bottlebrush-like spikes of numerous,
long-stamened flowers in red, purple, pink, white, green or yellow.
woody seed case
mites, thornbugs, scale insects, fungal stem galls and cankers, witches broom and leaf
border, water accent
Bad Habits: Pollen
is an Allergen
Cost: $$ to
$$$ -- reasonable to expensive
Semi-ripe cuttings in late summer, surface sown seeds onto moist soil mix at
61-64°F in spring.
American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of
The Subtropical Garden, see also Callistemon