Weeping Bottlebrush

Callistemon viminalis

Callistemon viminalis (Weeping Bottlebrush) - full view

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Callistemon viminalis (Weeping Bottlebrush) - full view

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Callistemon viminalis (Weeping Bottlebrush) - leaves

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25-35'; Spread: 15'

  • Growth:

    Moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; oval form with weeping limbs; light canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Light green, narrow leaves, 3-6" long.

  • Flower:

    Bright red flower clusters, 3-4" long, in characteristic "bottlebrush" shape, bloom throughout the year, especially May-July. 

  • Fruit:

    Small brown seed capsules, form year-round and hang from branches like strings of beads.

  • Bark:

    Rough light gray 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 (once established), any soil. Sun or shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Does not tolerate strong winds, fog, or salt air. Dropped flower parts leave sticky nectar. Needs extra water in sandy soils. 

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Excellent tree for narrow sidewalks; 2x3' basins; beneath overhead wires. Flowers attract hummingbirds. More upright form than Callistemon citrinus.