Upright small tree or large shrub, 6'-12' high by 6'-8' wide. Leaves are narrow, lance shaped, and leathery, with a distinctly citrus aroma (thus the common name). Bright red, plump, bottle-brush shaped flowers composed mostly of stamens bloom off and on throughout hot weather. Bark is somewhat rough and light brown.
LocationNative to Australia. Grows easily in tropical and semi-tropical climates.
CultureLikes well drained soil, preferably sandy loam, but is quite adaptable. Avoid heavy and soggy ground. Can take some salt spray but do not plant too close to shore. If grown in the northern part of range, expect winter kills. Protect with mulch around roots, and plant usually comes back.
Light: Good sun.
Moisture: Average to dry. Drought tolerant once established. Hardiness: USDA Zones 8.5-10. In cooler regions the Bottlebrush Tree makes an excellent patio plant, outside in the summer and indoors in the winter.
UsageBottlebrush is a fabulous specimen tree or shrub for a bright, sunny area. May be used for tropical effect in a pool side planting, or surrounded by white rock, against a light colored wall. Wherever it is placed, it should be visible either from the street or from the house. Hummingbirds will fight among the flowers!
Publisher: Hirt's Gardens
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