Callistemon citrinus (Callistemon lanceolatus)
Crimson Bottlebrush is a medium to large evergreen shrub planted in the southern third of Texas. This Australian native provides an interesting stiff irregularly upright oval canopy of dark green leaves. Alternating flushes of bottlebrush-like spikes of red flowers and bursts of vegetative growth occur alternately on the same stem. When in mass flower, the effect can be spectacular.
Plant Habit or Use:
Medium shrub, large shrub, small tree, tropical
sun, partial sun
Crimson filaments are the showy part of the flower
Spring, summer, fall
Small button-like capsules, not ornamental
typically 6 ft to 10 ft, sometimes to 15 ft
4 ft to 8 ft
USDA Hardiness Zones:
9, 10, 11
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Very tolerant of hot dry windy conditions, soil and foliar salts, but should be sheltered from cold winter winds; the species type can be grow in very protected locations in UDSA zone 8b. Callistemon 'Woodlanders Red' (may be a hybrid selection)appears to be more cold hardy than the species type.