Callistemon – Bottle Brush or Australian Bush Tree
When we first got and bought our callistemon, we were told that they were called Australian Bottle Brush trees. At that time, they were no more than a couple of little twigs. We planted them and watered them, when we remembered, and now they have grown and have been producing these lovely red cylindrical bushy blossoms which resemble those baby bottle brushes.
Callistemon is a native of Australia. They have become a popular in landscape gardening because of their flowers, of course, as well as their thin, elongated leaves and seed pods.
They have been grown in Europe since a specimen of Callistemon citrinus was introduced to Kew Gardens in London by Joseph Banks in 1789.
Actually there are not trees but shrubs. They can grow very tall up to 15 metres high as well as bushy, depending on the species but some are ground hugger. luckily they do not mind a good pruning in the autumn and spring.
They can be propagated by using cuttings from the plant or grow from seeds by teasing them from the pods. 😉
The plant is lovely to look at winter, spring, summer or fall as it does not lose its leaves; in other words it is not a deciduous shrub.