UsesShrub, Flowering Tree
Common NamesCallistemon
Scientific NameCallistemon citrinus
Cold HardinessYes
Light NeedsFull Sun
Flower ColorRed
BloomsSpringtime, last for six months
Water NeedsDrought Tolerant
LeavesMedium Green
Life Perenial
Mature Height 18 Feet
Growth RateModerate
Bottlebrush Tree in Bloom
Bottlebrush Tree in Bloom – Click to Enlarge

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.


Buy at an Orlando Nursery near you

  • Pokey’s Lake Jem Citrus Nursery

    3259 N. Orange Blossom Trail Zellwood, FL 32798

    Only Fruit Trees, no shipping