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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