Height: 25-35'; Spread: 15'
Evergreen; oval form with weeping limbs; light canopy.
Light green, narrow leaves, 3-6" long.
Bright red flower clusters, 3-4" long, in characteristic "bottlebrush" shape, bloom throughout the year, especially May-July.
Small brown seed capsules, form year-round and hang from branches like strings of beads.
Rough light gray bark.
In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
- Tree Care:
Low. Early pruning will train a good shape; regular pruning needed less frequently with age.
Drought (once established), any soil. Sun or shade.
- Special Considerations:
Does not tolerate strong winds, fog, or salt air. Dropped flower parts leave sticky nectar. Needs extra water in sandy soils.
- Notable Traits:
Native to Australia. Excellent tree for narrow sidewalks; 2x3' basins; beneath overhead wires. Flowers attract hummingbirds. More upright form than Callistemon citrinus.