bottlebrush tree Myrtaceae Callistemon spp. R. Br. Listen to the Latin symbol: CALLI12 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate or opposite, simple, evergreen, entire margin; narrow lanceolate; 1 to 3 inches long; dark green above, paler below.
Flower: Conspicuous flower clusters (2 to 4 inches long) along stem; petals are very small but long red stamens cause a "bottle brush" effect; appearing throughout the year.
Fruit: Small, short, persistent woody capsules in clusters along the stems, resembling small buttons.
Twig: Slender, grayish brown; covered densely in foliage particularly near branch tips.
Bark: Dark gray with flat-topped interlacing ridges.
Form: Most species are shrubby but some can make it to small tree status; often with drooping finer twigs; typically multiple trunks.
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Additional Range Information:
Callistemon spp. is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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