Callistemon citrinus


callistemon citrinus
callistemon citrinus
callistemon citrinus bottlebrush flowers
callistemon citrinus bottlebrush flower

Red flowers in spring and can flower again in autumn if it is well-watered. Good for coastal areas and wet sites. Can tolerate some dry soils as well.

exotic tree Exotic
evergreen tree Evergreen
tolerates coastal sites Tolerates coastal sites
dry soils Dry soils
poor draining soils Poor draining soils
full sun Full sun
attracts bees Attracts bees
Stem Foliage Flowers Fruit

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Taxonomy and Etymology

Family: Myrtaceae, myrtle family, a family of evergreen trees and shrubs.

Genus: Callistemon, callistemon, derived from the Greek nouns κάλλος (kalós, 'beauty') and στήμονας (stímonas, 'stamen'), meaning 'beautiful stamen', in reference to the beauty of the flowers of species in this genus. Commonly known as bottlebrush, a genus of flowering shrubs.

Species: Callistemon citrinus, citrīnus (Latin, adjective), meaning 'citric, citrus', in reference to this species' leaves emitting a citrus fragrance when crushed.

Synonyms: Melaleuca citrina

Common Name: Bottlebrush

Description and Features

Description: Red flowers in spring and can flower again in autumn if it is well-watered. Good for coastal areas and wet sites. Can tolerate some dry soils as well.

Height: 4m

Width: 3m

Uses: Attracts bees

Tolerates: Coastal

Soil Type: Dry soils, Poor draining soils

Sun and Shade: Full sun

Winter Foliage: Evergreen

Origin: Exotic


  • Summer: Green

  • Autumn: Green

  • Winter: Green

  • Spring: Green


  • Summer: None

  • Autumn: Red

  • Winter: None

  • Spring: Red

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