Crimson Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)


Callistemon citrinus (Curtis) Skeels 1913, commonly called Crimson Bottlebrush or Lemon Bottlebrush, is a shrub, native to South-East Australia (Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria). The Crimson Bottlebrush shrub belongs to the Myrtle family (Myrtaceae) and reach heights up to 3 meters. The flower spikes get lengths of about 6 to 10 cm. The leaves, when bruised, have a citrus like smell and can be added to tea blends. The flowers are fragrant and attract bees, butterflies
and especially birds.

The Crimson Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) is hardy and tolerates temperatures as low as -9° C, but will lose its leaves with temperatures lower than -6° C. The showy, tropical shrub requires warm temperatures, a lot of light, best full sun and moderate water. Fully established plants are quite drought-tolerant and are known as undemanding. Flowering period: Spring - Summer.

Crimson Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)
Flower Photography © Orchids
Image: Crimson Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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