Callistemon citrinus – Common Red, Crimson or Lemon Bottlebrush 

Callistemon citrinus splendens is a rounded compact evergreen shrub. Irresistible to birds; excellent for hedging, tolerant of heavy and seasonally waterlogged soils. Deep bright red long bottlebrush flowers cover a 3m shrub in spring and summer. It has broad stiff, green lanceolate leaves that have a slight lemon smell when crushed. The new growth is a lovely pink with a soft velvety feel.

It is a fast growing and tough plant. It is able to tolerate 2nd line salt, wind, drought, frost and even pollution. As with most Callistemons, this one is easily grown and will attract bird life to your garden.

Uses: feature tree, screen, hedge, and used as windbreaks.


Dimensions: Height: 3 metres |  Width: 2 metres

Flowering: In mid-spring and again in autumn (to a lesser extent) it is covered with lots of crimson red dense cylindrical spikes of bottlebrush flowers.

Aspect: Prefers full sun but will tolerate dappled shade. Plant in full sun in an open position to maximise the number of flowers and density of the plant.
Soil type: Very hardy and forgiving in all types of soil, even heavy or seasonally waterlogged.
Planting rates:

Maintenance: Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Prune after flowering and apply a slow release native fertilizer to promote dense growth habit and prolific flowering during the next flowering season.

Available sizes: tubestock
Availability: contact Bluedale Wholesale  Nursery for current availability list or to discuss our pre-grow commercial plant service.