Callistemon Citrinus, Bottlebrush, Bottlebrush Tree


Callistemon Citrinus

Common Names: Bottlebrush Tree

Light: Full Sun

Height: 8′ – 12′

Spacing/Spread: 6′ – 8′

Evergreen: Yes.

Color: Red blooms.

Interest: Spring and Summer.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: No, but particularly well adapted to central Texas and Austin.


Wildlife habitat:

Features: A large growing shrub with interesting red blooms. Evergreen.

Austin Native Landscaping: “Even if you no longer brush your bottles you can find a spot for this excellent evergreen shrub! It is an outstanding drought tolerant, pest and disease resistant plant that ought to be more popular in Austin and Central Texas landscapes. The blooms are quite bold and unusual and look, you can guess, like bottle brushes. This shrub gets quite tall and wide which means we often design Bottlebrush as either a focal element in a small flowerbeds or as an informal screen or hedge. Xeriscape landscapers in Austin love to use it as an economical solution for a low maintenance, waterwise, big and showy color specimen for bare spots.”



Family: Myrtaceae (Pronounced – mir-TAY-see-ee)

Genus: Callistemon (Pronounced – kal-lis-STEE-mon)

Species: citrinus (Pronounced – sit-REE-nus)

Propagation: Semi hard wood cuttings.



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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

artie carrillo March 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Love your website. Do you sell plants to the public without landscaping service? What is your address?


Chris Keffeler April 1, 2014 at 7:20 am

I love your website. Finally, I have found some information specific to our needs. Thank you for not trying to be everything to everybody. Refreshing.

Question: Would you use Bottlebrush as a hedge by a 120 foot driveway in the Hill Country? The bed is narrow (@ 30″) and is fronted by @ 5′ of St. Augustine grass and backed by a 5′ tall wanna-be iron fence on 6′ posts. It runs north and south and is in full sun. The rest of our Xeriscaped front yard is on the other side of the driveway — lots of grasses, yuccas, sage, et. al. We live on one of the Highland Lakes in an area with mega deer (most of which we have contained with the addition of the fence). Screening the property next door is desirable.

Thanks much,


Kelley Dane April 25, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I am interested in a bottle brush tree, not the shrub. Do you have any in stock? What size and how much? Thank you, kelley Dane


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