Callistemon citrinus (Scarlet bottle Brush) is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to Australia and can grow as either a large shrub or a small tree, reaching a height of 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) and a spread of 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters). It has a dense and rounded crown with multiple slender branches. The leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, and around 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long. They are dark green and have a leathery texture.
Flowers: The Scarlet Bottlebrush is named after its vibrant, bottlebrush-shaped flowers. The flower spikes are typically 3 to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 centimeters) long and are composed of numerous individual flowers. The flowers have long, prominent stamens that give the spikes their characteristic brush-like appearance. The color of the flowers can vary but is most commonly a bright red or scarlet shade, although some cultivars may have pink or yellow flowers.
Habitat and Range: Scarlet Bottlebrush is native to various regions in Australia, including New South Wales and Queensland. It is well adapted to a range of habitats, including coastal areas, woodlands, and scrublands.
Landscape Use: Scarlet Bottlebrush is highly valued for its showy flowers and is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes. It can be planted as a specimen tree, in mixed borders, or as a hedge. The vibrant flowers attract birds, bees, and butterflies, adding life and color to the landscape.
Maintenance: Scarlet Bottlebrush is relatively low-maintenance. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy and clay soils. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Regular watering is necessary during the establishment period, but once established, it becomes more drought-tolerant. Pruning can be done after flowering to maintain shape and remove any dead or damaged branches.
Wildlife Attraction: The nectar-rich flowers of Scarlet Bottlebrush attract a variety of wildlife, including birds, bees, and butterflies. Honeyeater birds are particularly drawn to the nectar and may visit the flowers frequently.
Botanical Name : Callistemon citrinus
Common Name : Scarlet bottle Brush
Height : 10- 12 ft
Spread : 10 – 12 ft
Germination Info : Sow under glass, Seed does not require a pre-treatment
Hardiness zone : 9-10
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 250,000