Callistemon 'Red Cluster' Bottlebrush Available in 15 Gallon, 30 Gallon & 45 Gallon "Standard" Available in 30 Gallon & 45 Gallon "Bush"
Bottlebrush is a small tree or large shrub that gets 6-12 ft (2-4 m) tall and 6-9 ft (2-3 m) wide. The leaves are narrow, lance shaped, and leathery, with a distinctly citrus aroma (thus the common name). The bright red fuzzy looking flowers are composed mostly of stamens. Thses are arranged radially around the stem tips in plump clusters like the bristles on one of those brushes used to clean the inside of bottles. Bottlebrush blooms in early spring when it covers itself in the bright red blossoms and a few flower clusters are also produced sporadically throughout the summer. The bark is somewhat rough and light brown. Other less hardy forms of bottlebrush are available, including C.viminalis (weeping bottlebrush) and C. speciosus (showy bottlebrush). Callistemon rigidus is about equally hardy to cold with smaller flowers.
Culture Bottlebrush likes well drained soil, preferably sandy loam, but is quite adaptable. Avoid heavy soils and soggy ground.Bottlebrush can take some salt spray but do not plant it too close to the tideline. If grown in the northern part of its range, expect winter kills. Protected with mulch around roots, the plant usually comes back. It may sucker up around the base. Light Bottlebrush does best in full sun. Moisture: Lemon bottlebrush thrives in average to dry soils. It is rought tolerant once established. Hardiness USDA Zones 8B-10. Propagation Take cuttings from semi-ripe wood in summer. Bottlebrush can be grown with patience from seeds. Gather dried flowers and keep in them paper bags to let seeds fall; plant in spring, sowing on the soil surface).
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