Bottlebrush

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Bottlebrush

Melaleuca spp.
Callistemon
6

15 feet
6

10 feet
  • Full Sun
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

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.

Maintenance

Allow bottlebrush to dry out, especially in heavy clay soils. Occasional light pruning to shape. South wall protection is recommended.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Shrub
Size:
6-15' H, 6-10' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Red
Bloom Time:
May, June, July, August
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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