Beaufortia decussata R.Br.

Gravel Bottlebrush, Cross-leaved Beaufortia

Family: Myrtaceae

Genus: Beaufortia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: Some frost tolerance

Size: To 10' tall?

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Tall, erect, unbranched stems with red, bottlebrush flowers at the end in summer. Buds appear 12 months before the flower opens. Small leaves, directly from the stems, curved back.

From Bot. Reg. ...height of nearly five feet: the branches few, situated far up on the stem... The inflorescence is produced below the branches, and owes its beauty to long scarlet stamineous shafts, branching at the head into distinct filaments, four or five of which project from each small green and nearly unseen corolla. The foliage is harsh, of a dull opaque green; each leaf about half an inch long and the third of one broad.


Introduced to England in 1803.

Published in Hort. Kew. 4 in 1812.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 18 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Discovered by Mr. Brown. Introduced by Mr. Good in 1803.

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