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PlantFiles: Weeping Bottle Brush
Callistemon viminalis 'Hannah Ray'

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callistemon (kal-lis-STEE-mon) (Info)
Species: viminalis (vim-in-AY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Hannah Ray

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral donnacreation On Sep 14, 2012, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought this BB from a garden center in Columbia, SC, where I was told it was a good selection for the SC midlands. I planted it back in June, and I also noticed a lot of leaf drop a few weeks ago. I thought it was sick, but it's currently growing new leaves. Now that I've researched it's cold hardiness, I don't expect it to survive a SE US
zone 8a winter.

Update: May 1, 2013. Both plants sailed through a mild winter with very little damage. Temps in Jan and Feb were above normal, which produced new growth that was burnt by very cold temps with a little ice/snow in March. Still it survived 2 nights @20f and 1 night @19f. I think this plant is cold hardy to zone 8b, at least.

Neutral Margui622 On May 6, 2010, Margui622 from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have this plant in a large container because it's not hardy in my area. I love the blooms on this plant, but every year after it blooms, it has a serious issue with leaves dropping off. The year before last, it was so barren, I gave it a major pruning, and I had some great foliage (but no flowers) the next year. This year, I had blooms, but the poor plant lost 65% of its leaves and looks very sad indeed. The "leaf bleeding" seems to have stoppped. We'll see if it recovers!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hereford, Arizona
Seal Beach, California
Sumter, South Carolina
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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