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


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.


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


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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