COMMERCIAL NURSERY – NATIVE SHRUB
callistemon citrinus – Crimson bottlebrush
callistemon citrinus is a dense upright evergreen shrub with a rounded habit growing to about 6m. It has broad stiff, green lanceolate leaves that have a strong 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.
It grows in swamps and riverbanks in the wild so it should perform ok in wetter soils too. Hardy and low maintenance.
Uses: It can be grown as a screen, hedge, and used as windbreaks. It is often seen in roadside plantings where it does well will little to no maintenance. Perfect for exposed steep slopes, rockeries and pots.