CRIMSON BOTTLEBRUSH FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Common Red Bottlebrush
Crimson Bottlebrush is a shrub growing to 5 m tall. The leaves are hard and flat, narrow with the widest portion near the tip, and grow to about 2.5cm to 10 cm long and 4 mm to 25 mm wide. The leaf tip is pointed. The flowers are red with purple anthers, and produced in bottlebrush spikes, about 6 cm to 10 cm long and 4.5 cm to 7 cm in diameter. Peak flowering is in November and December, with intermittent flowering throughout most of the year. The fruit are woody capsules about 5 mm to 7 mm long. The plant is also known as Melaleuca citrina.
swamps, along creeks and rivers
Crimson Bottlebrush is found in eastern New South Wales from coastal areas to western slopes of Great Dividing Range. It also occurs in the eastern Victoria
Height (m): 2 - 5
Spread (m): 2 - 5
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 450
Flower Colour: red
Flower Season: spring, summer
(source: SA State Flora Catalog)
attracts birds, source of nectar
|Common Name:||Crimson Bottlebrush|
Relatives in same Genus
Callistemon citrinus 'Firebrand'
Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'
Callistemon viminalis 'Hannah Ray'
Callistemon viminalis 'Wildfire'
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