SCARLET BOTTLEBRUSH FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Scarlet Bottlebrush is a shrub growing to about 4 m tall. The rigid leaves are flat and narrow growing about 5 cm long and 7 mm wide, with a sharp point. The flowers are crimson or purple with yellow tips produced in bottlebrush spikes. The spikes are about 8 cm long and 4 cm to 6 cm in diameter. Flowering is from late spring to autumn, mainly in November to December. The fruit are woody capsules about 5 mm to 6 mm long. The plant is also known as Melaleuca rugulosa.
shrubland, woodland, forest near swamps and watercourses
Scarlet Bottlebrush is found in south east of South Australia and western Victoria.
Height (m): 2 - 4
Spread (m): 2 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 400
Flower Colour: red
Flower Season: summer
(source: SA State Flora Catalog)
attracts birds, source of nectar
|Common Name:||Scarlet Bottlebrush|
Relatives in same Genus
Callistemon citrinus 'Firebrand'
Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'
Callistemon viminalis 'Hannah Ray'
Callistemon viminalis 'Wildfire'
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