|Uses||Shrub, Flowering Tree|
|Scientific Name||Callistemon citrinus|
|Light Needs||Full Sun|
|Blooms||Springtime, last for six months|
|Water Needs||Drought Tolerant|
|Mature Height||18 Feet|
Coming from Australia, via a twist of Texas, this species becomes an interesting feature when it’s turned into a tree. The shrub is just as attractive as it features the flowers more prominently. This species loves the sun and it loves Orlando. Flowering profusely for six months makes it a good investment to keep your landscape a lively show when other plants are resting. It is a cold hearty species and survives an unusually cooler winter. However, if the winter is warm, the buds arrive sooner and stay longer. It makes a nice introduction to your property; one on each side of a walkway, leading to the front door would make a lovely impression—tempting passersby to touch the feathery blooms.
If you prefer the tree form, it may be eventually set off with a well-trained ligustrum hedge growing around its trunk up to canopy height, allowing the flowering tree to crown the hedge. Nice.