Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From semi-hardwood cuttings From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
On Feb 1, 2013, djvdfl from DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL wrote:
I have about 12 Bottle Brush planted on my property, beginning approx 8 yrs ago. I love this tree, and mine here in the NW part of Florida bloom at least 3 times a year and sometimes 4 times. Mine are about 18' - 20' tall, and about 25' - 30' wide. I contribute its size to "bottom up pruning". This makes a beautiful canopy type of landscaping and doesn't block our views of the property or lake. I never water my trees and they are growing in "tough soil" and on a slight hill side. Once established, my bottle brush (s) require very little care except to prune any low lying branches sprouting out from the bottom. They are pruned up to about 8 - 9 feet. I began pruning when my trees were about eight feet tall and well filled out to begin with. I also planted them in groups of 2 or 3 which gave me several main "stems" to work from. Put several groups in for a statement as they are beautiful, evergreen, attracts lots of humming birds, butterflies and birds love to nest in their branches.
On Jan 9, 2012, bluemoon1948 from Opp, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I live in zone 8a - Alabama. These trees seem to do well here and in Florida which is only about 30 miles south of me. They are beautiful and also useful as their branches make excellent bird perches...I have 5 parrots. I bought a small potted bush today and my question is ....can anyone tell me how fast they grow? this is a small bush in a 3 qt container. I have moved to a rental house with zero landscaping and am trying to get some stuff in the ground! Thanks.
On May 8, 2011, beachgardner from Bolivia, NC wrote:
I really was not sure what the plant was,,,we just moved into this house, so I have inheirited a new yard that had been sadly neglected..I love this plant...some advice as to when and if to prune would be helpful...I cut it back about 4 weeks ago to shape it up, not knowing it was a blooming plant and now it is full of flowers....
On Jan 11, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
When we moved into our house in 93' this tree was already a part of the landscape. It is in full sun all day long, it does get irrigation once a week half year due to water restrictions and twice a week in summer. I've never done anything to it, except prune it, loves to send shooters from the base. It is about 15 ft tall by 12 ft wide. It looks great in the spring when new growth and lots of blooms and hummers just love it, along with bees. Unfortunately I can only see it when driving up to my house, so don’t get to enjoy it as much as my neighbors do. It is certainly a very drought tolerant tree. I see some huge thick ones in an abandoned shopping center parking lot where they are in full sun and only rain for water, so these trees do well with neglect. Oh I gave a neutral because except for when it is in bloom it really isn't a very attractive tree.
On Dec 6, 2009, TTENTELH from East Elmhurst, NY wrote:
I brought the plant from Greece in my luggage, about 1 foot tall. I planted in my yard in fall, in an area where gets a lot of sun during the day. I live in NYC, Queens area and am worried if I should cover the plant during the winter or leave it as is. I read from others that has no problem in cold winters of about 10F but for how long can last the cold winter, a couple of days or the entire winter. I will appreciate you responses.
On Jun 24, 2009, will335 from San Antonio, TX wrote:
This is a great looking shrub, it has bloomed twice this year. This spring it was covered with red bottlebrushes. Mine has been in the ground for 1 year and spent 1 year in a pot. It is already 6 feet tall and is quite drought tolerant, loves the south Texas heat.
I have one BB bush and one BB tree,the bush is doing great the tree is trying to die the trunk is in two sections. Both are in full sun and fairly dry soil. They attract Humming birds as well as Butterflies. They are very beautiful plants and normally easy to care for. I am thrilled with the bush.
Australian plants seem to do very well in Ventura County, California. We have these bottle brush trees and shrubs, as well as eucalyptus trees of many varieties. Our bottle brush just turned up growing -- probably seeds came floating down through our barranca and the plant just sprouted on its own. Very nice, like the red blooms.
On Jan 2, 2007, ShelleyME from League City, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I had 2 of these growing on either side of the front door at our old house. They had grown as tall as the 2nd story windows. One plant grew in front of the 2nd story window where there was an alcove that had our computer desk. I could look out and see many hummingbirds feeding. Our cats loved to sit and watch the birds while perched on the windowsill.
On Oct 26, 2006, dstrick7 from Winterville, GA wrote:
I wasn't too crazy about its looks at first - soft, pale green, fuzzy leaves...but they are now darker, shiny & stiff. Starting to bloom now (1 flower in bloom...6 others about to). I have 3 other varieties of Callistemon of semi-unknown origins...they have overwintered well, and make great evergreen shrubs.
On Dec 6, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:
Bought as a small starter plant 6+ years ago, it has been in it's present postion for 5 years and has quickly grown to a quite large, weeping shrub. It is in a fairly shaded but sheltered location, and gets little sun but does very well. Soil is acidic and sandy. The last two years it has had many flowers, and attracts many bumblebees, with a white hairy body and black stripes, a type I have not seen before.
It has withstood prolonged frost and to -9C with no damage, this species has smaller narrow leaves and is hardier than the larger leaved types. zone 8a UK
On Jun 9, 2002, AustinBarbie from Harker Heights, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
My Callistemon is growing rapidly and is beautiful. To 5 meters (15 feet), it has light green foliage and bronze new growth. Red flowers in spring. Hardy, will adapt to most soils.
Good points: flowers, hardy, long-lived, good in damp soils
Downside: dislikes extreme heat and extreme cold.
Please note that this is an Australian native, and as such will probably not do at all well in areas that freeze.
This large bottlebrush is widely cultivated. Plants produce bright red flower spikes which are very rich in nectar and attract many birds. Plants grow in a variety of soils, but can be frost tender, especially when young. Weeping Bottlebrush grows 5 to 7 m tall.
On Nov 19, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
A native to Australia this is a small, upright tree or large shrub. It grows easily in tropical and semi-tropical climates. Once established this plant is drought tolerant.
The leaves are narrow, lance shaped, and leathery. Bright red, plump, bottle-brush shaped flowers are composed mostly of stamens and bloom off and on throughout hot weather.
The Bottlebrush tree likes well drained soil, preferably sandy loam, but is quite adaptable. Avoid heavy, damp ground. If grown in the northern part of range, expect winter kills. Protect with mulch around roots and the plant usually comes back.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (4 reports) Brewton, Alabama Gaylesville, Alabama Horn Hill, Alabama Orange Beach, Alabama Fortuna Foothills, Arizona Glendale, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports) Sierra Vista, Arizona Blackhawk-camino Tassajara, California Fairfield, California Irvine, California Los Angeles, California Merced, California Oak View, California San Francisco, California San Leandro, California Santa Clarita, California Vallejo, California Whittier, California Altamonte Springs, Florida Baker, Florida Bartow, Florida Cheval, Florida Cleveland, Florida De Bary, Florida Fort Myers, Florida Fruitville, Florida Gainesville, Florida (2 reports) Golden Lakes, Florida Hampton, Florida Indian Lake Estates, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Keystone, Florida Lisbon, Florida Macgregor, Florida Mary Esther, Florida Melbourne Beach, Florida Morriston, Florida Navarre, Florida Niceville, Florida North River Shores, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Orlando, Florida Raiford, Florida Sarasota, Florida South Daytona, Florida St Augustine, Florida Summerfield, Florida Warm Mineral Springs, Florida Augusta, Georgia Pooler, Georgia Winterville, Georgia Baton Rouge, Louisiana Bayou Vista, Louisiana Hammond, Louisiana Killian, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Old Jefferson, Louisiana Schriever, Louisiana Scott, Louisiana Florence, Mississippi Gulf Hills, Mississippi East Elmhurst, New York Bolivia, North Carolina Brookings, Oregon Columbia, South Carolina Moncks Corner, South Carolina Saint Helena Island, South Carolina Seven Oaks, South Carolina Athens, Texas Austin, Texas (3 reports) Bryan, Texas Del Valle, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Galveston, Texas Hideaway, Texas Horizon City, Texas Houston, Texas Jacksonville, Texas Johnson City, Texas League City, Texas San Antonio, Texas Spring, Texas