- Full Sun
- Deer Resistant
About This Plant
Full sun; a tough Australian shrub with fragrant leaves. Blooms appear on new growth, with bright red, fine-textured puff flowers during warm weather. Bottlebrush is often combined with bunchgrasses or other shrubs for a drought-hardy mixed border, suitable for property lines, driveways, etc.
Various species are available in the landscape trade: locally, Melaleuca citrinus is commonly used as a foundation plant or a bush; Melaleuca linearis is a taller species with dark thin leaves. Both are slow growing but very drought tolerant. Like their local relative, wax myrtle, they can be heavily damaged by extreme cold below 10F.
Allow bottlebrush to dry out, especially in heavy clay soils. Occasional light pruning to shape. South wall protection is recommended.
This plant goes well with