Callistemon citrinus (Curtis) Skeels

Crimson Bottlebrush


Family: Myrtaceae

Genus: Callistemon

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 8 to 11

Size: 10 to 15' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

Leaves have a citrus smell when crushed. They are narrow and rigid. Red flowers in dense spikes in spring and summer, perhaps in cycles. More heat and cold tolerant than Callistemon rigidus.

Cultivars: 

Dirr lists 'Woodlanders Hardy' as a cultivar of this species but Woodlanders show it as Callistemon sp. 'Woodlander's Hardy'.

History: 

Native to Australia. Introduced to cultivation in 1788. Published in Bull. Bur. Pl. Industr. U.S.D.A. 282: 49 in 1913. Basionym is Metrosideros citrinus Curtis.

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