This subtropical tree is a favorite in South Florida. Its unusual flower clusters are reminiscent of brushes used to wash bottles. The attractive red flowers are favorites of pollinators such as hummingbirds and honeybees. These trees are perfect for smaller landscapes as well as large landscapes, they only grow up to 25 feet tall. The dense canopy of the bottlebrush tree is ideal for creating a privacy barrier. There are two forms of the bottlebrush tree, an upright form and a weeping habit. These trees flower beautifully in the spring and continue to bloom on and off during the year.
Plant the bottlebrush tree in the landscape in zones 9 and above. Bottlebrush trees are not particular about the soil and can tolerate almost any kind of soil. Water them daily until they become established. After established, water only when needed, especially during the hot summer months. Plant them in full sun; however, they can tolerate partial sun as well. Fertilize with a formula for blooming tropical plants; this will help them thrive throughout the season.
Some of our favorites: Callistemon vinimalis, Callistemon citrinus
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Great focal point for the garden, unique flower
Water daily until established, then water as needed
9 and above
Feed periodically during the growing season with a fertilizer formulated for blooming plants.
Full sun, can tolerate some shade
15 to 25 feet depending on the variety
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Hibiscus, creeping jasmine, flax lily