Growing Callistemon

Growing Callistemon – Callistemon (or Bottlebrush) is an glorious choice if we wish a ‘novelty’ plant, and it is also a good one to collect if we wish an easy-to-grow citation that blooms in summer. With their vibrant, fuzzy-looking flowerheads in summer, Callistemon are now recognizable plant. Callistemon are evergreen shrubs with aromatic, linear to lance-shaped leaves and bottlebrush-like spikes of flowers in that a prolonged charming stamens are prominent.

Callistemon is local to Australia mostly flourishing in wet dirt in open or woodland sites. It does not mind dry atmosphere – all it needs is a balmy spot, cold conditions in winter and a good shower in open and summer.

Callistemon citrinus will strech about 3 ft high and in summer a cylindrical flower-spikes seem – no petals, only yellow-tipped red stamens. Leaves bronzy when young.


Callistemon citrinus

Callistemon linearis is a bushy, medium-sized plant with linear leaves and red bottlebrush spikes adult to 12cm long. Leaves are savoury when crushed.

Callistemon pallidus (Lemon Bottlebrush) is an make or swelling evergreen shrub, 2-4m high, with countless slim branches. The immature shoots are dulcet or red and lonesome in silky hairs, as good as narrowly-elliptic, grey-green or dim green, leaves adult to 10cm long. Cream or dark yellow flowers, in semi-open ‘bottlebrush’ spikes 10cm long, seem from late open to midsummer, followed by woody fruit capsules that might insist for several years.


Callistemon pallidus

Secrets of success

Temperature: Average regard – minimum 45°F in winter.

Light: As most light as possible. Shade from prohibited sun.

Water: Water liberally from open to late fall. Water sparingly in winter.

Air humidity: Misting is not necessary.


Callistemon viridiflorus ‘Xera Compact’

Planting: Outdoors, Callistemon demeanour some-more gentle in shrubs or churned borders if compared with Mediterranean plants also possessing drought passive leaflet – these embody salvias, hebes, caryopteris and rosemary. They also look nice with decorated woody plants such as yucca, palms and tetrapanax.

Pruning: Prune in early open and mount a pot outdoor in summer.

Propagation: Take branch cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and yield bottom heat. Sow seeds in spring.