BOTTLEBRUSH

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COMMON NAME Bottlebrush, Callistemon
BOTANICAL NAME Callistemon rigidus
HEIGHT 15′
WIDTH 15′
MONOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 40+ years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 0° F
SOIL TYPE Well drained
WATER REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and water every day for 2 weeks. Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply at least once a week for the rest of the growing season. Once established, water occasionally. Best results with regular irrigation. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Medium
SALT TOLERANCE Medium
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun, minimum of 8+ hours per day
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a general purpose 10-10-10 every 1 or 2 months from Spring to Summer for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, stems, and trunk.
FLOWER Cylindrical-shaped, red filaments
MONTH OF COLOR Spring to Summer
FRUIT Small and woody, holds hundreds of seeds that grow in clusters along the flower stem and can remain there for years before release. To plant, collect unopened seeds and store them in a paper bag in a warm, dry place. Inedible.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Non-toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.)
COMMENTS Beautiful tree or large shrub with a moderate growth rate. Dense variety of Bottlebrush. Very hardy for us in Brevard county. Susceptible to wind damage, plant in a protected area. Callistemon means “beautiful stamen,” in tribute to the long, dense tufts of red stamens (AKA filaments) emerging from the flowers. Attracts hummingbirds, birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Native to Australia.
PRICE 45 gallon $225, 30 gallon $175