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Callistemon citrinus | Lemon Bottlebrush

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Synonym Names: Callistemon lanceolatus

Family: Myrtaceae

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A large evergreen shrub, the Lemon Bottlebrush bears masses of bright red flowers in the spring and summer that are shaped, as the name implies, like a 'bottle brush.' New foliage grows in a bright, bronzy red. This shrub can reach 25' tall and wide but can be pruned to desirable size. Leaves are aromatic and round. Flowers attract hummingbirds and also created litter. This plant tolerates full to part sun and is drought tolerant once it's established. It is versatile as it can be espaliered, used as a street tree, or privacy hedge. Some people are allergic to the pollen.

Anatomy

Plant Type

Tree

Height Range

12-25', 25-40'

Width Range

Flower Color

Red

Flower Season

Spring, Summer

Leaf Color

Green

Bark Color

n/a

Fruit Color

n/a

Fruit Season

n/a

Culture

Sun

Full, Half

Water

Very Low, Low

Growth Rate

Fast

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

Adverse Factors

Allergenic, Messy

USDA Zones

9, 10

Sunset Zones

8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Susceptibilities

n/a

Tolerances

Salt Ocean Spray, Heat, Windy Conditions, Smog, Alkaline Soil

Design

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish

Accenting Features

Espalier, Showy Flowers

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer

Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Patio, Park, Raised Planter, Walls / Fences

Special Uses

Hedge, Screen

Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds

Information by: PlantMaster

Photography by: Jerry Sortomme SBCC

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