Plant ID forum: Could this be Weeping Bottlebrush?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 17, 2012 6:23 PM CST
~ Editing my original post to say this indeed turned out to be Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) They pop up all over the place if not mowed or cut down.

I have a large Weeping Bottlebrush: Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) growing next to my deck. A couple of months ago I noticed a couple of little plants sprouting in with one of the container plants on the deck. The Bottlebrush tree hangs over that edge of the deck and seeds are always falling onto the deck and into containers with other plants so I kinda wonder if these could be seedlings of the Weeping Bottlebrush tree? I let them grow to see if I could identify them and the larger they get the more they have the appearance of the weeping bottlebrush but I'm just not real good at identifying trees so I thought I'd post a couple of pictures to see what y'all think?
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Aug 18, 2012 3:06 AM CST
Lin, can you post a close up of the leaves of the bottlebrush? Do you have a name for that? Is it the one in your profile avatar? It does look very similar but the leaves look more pointed at the tip on your avatar photo.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2012 8:31 AM CST
Janet: Yes, my Avatar photo is of the Weeping Bottlebrush, Callistemon viminalis that is growing in the yard beside the deck. I just went outside and took more photo's.

I broke off an end of the branch hanging over the deck from the Weeping Bottlebrush that's growing in the yard:
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And, this is a closer view of the leaves of the unidentified seedling sprouting in a container on the deck:
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Aug 18, 2012 9:53 AM CST
Thanks Lin, comparing the two side by side they do look to be the same. The younger plants are not that much different in leaf shape, they might change a little as the plants mature. The stems look the same too.

It must take a lot of heat to open the seed pods, I had a couple, one in the ground C. rigidus for years but the very hard winter 2010/11 killed it. It had tons of seed pods on but they never opened!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2012 11:27 AM CST
Janet: Thanks so much again for your help! I'm going to let these two little seedlings grow and see what happens. C. rigidus grows here too, I've seen a few in the neighborhood so these seedlings could very well turn out to be rigidus. My first thought was C. viminalis because the tree is right next to the deck and always dropping seeds onto the deck and into container plants sitting there but there are always lots of birds around too so these could have been gifts from a bird.

LOL, regarding your statement about it taking a lot of heat for the pods to open ... no problems in that department, it's been 94ºF (35ºC?) almost every day for the past couple of months ... and very high humidity too. I try to stay inside in the air conditioning as much as possible. Smiling

The large Weeping Bottlebrush tree in the yard has been covered in seedpods for a couple of months and the seeds are hard. I might try soaking a few and planting them to see what happens. I do love the weeping habit of this tree and it sure is pretty when in full bloom during February and March.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Aug 18, 2012 11:48 AM CST
Absolutely stunning! The rigidus I had looked very much like that, except it didn't get as big. I'm not sure some of these Callistemons are named correctly, I've seen a so-called rigidus with very narrow leaves almost like pine needles.

The seed pods on mine just stayed on the stems for years! I would love to grow another but not sure it's worth the risk, my bumblebees and wasps used to love it!

We've had a very warm day here up to 25C, that's about my comfort limit but it was mostly cloudy.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Aug 18, 2012 11:59 AM CST
There was a C. rigidus in our old neighborhood and I've seen a few on my daily walks around here too. The C. rigidus "brushes" are stiff in comparison to viminalis and the leaves are a lot like viminalis too but the tree doesn't get as tall or have the weeping of C. viminalis.
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