Lemon Bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus

Callistemon citrinus (Lemon Bottlebrush) - full view

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Callistemon citrinus (Lemon Bottlebrush) - full view

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Callistemon citrinus (Lemon Bottlebrush) - leaves & flowers

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-25'; Spread: 15'

  • Growth:

    Moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; round form; dense canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Medium green, narrow leaves, 3" long. New foliage is bronze or copper.

  • Flower:

    Bright red flower clusters, 4-6" long, in characteristic "bottlebrush" shape, bloom in late winter. 

  • Fruit:

    Small brown seed capsules, 1/4" across, form year-round and hang from branches. 

  • Bark:

    Rough gray-brown bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Early pruning will train a good shape; regular pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought, poor drainage, any soil, salt air; gusty, steady, or cold winds; smog, fog, cold. Sun or shade. (Show of flowers stronger with sun.) 

  • Special Considerations:

    Dropped flower parts leave sticky nectar. Chlorosis may develop in the leaves in alkaline soil.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Spectacular when in full bloom. Very tough tree. Good tree for small spaces; 2'x3' basins; beneath overhead wires. Disease and pest resistant. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Dense canopy attracts other birds as well.