General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 15 to 25 feet or more
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: Small woody capsules
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Spring
Other: Sporadic blooms through fall.
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Erosion control
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Not suitable for containers

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Common names
  • Weeping Bottlebrush

Photo Gallery
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-19 
#Pollination - Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoying nectar.
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-13
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-03-16
#Pollination - Swallowtail Butterfly visiting a bloom
Location: Botanical Garden of Barcelona
Date: 2019-04-22
Location: Barcelona, Spain |April, 2023 (uploaded. This image is much older)
Date: 2023-04-03
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-03-02
#Pollination - Red Admiral Butterfly visiting a bloom
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-05 
Opening buds, January 5, 2013
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-13
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-03-29
Location: My neighborhood
Date: 2021-09-19
Seedlings in an ice cream cup
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-03-10

Date: 2012-01-12
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-02-29
#Pollination
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-02-29
#Pollination - Bee visiting a bloom
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-15 
#Pollinators The flowers are bee magnets this time of year!
Location: Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid
photo credit: William Avery

Date: 2016-04-02

photo credit: Tatters ❀
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: November 22, 2011
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-30
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-30
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-30
Location: My backyard - Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-01-12
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-12-25 
Christmas Day Bloom
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-02-06 
Buds, bloom and seedpods
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-11
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-09
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-11-06

Date: 2011-11-22

Date: 2011-11-22
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-12
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-12
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-11-26
Location: Botanical Garden Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2017-05-21
Location: Botanical Garden Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2017-05-21
Location: Botanical Garden Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2017-05-21
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-03-02
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-03-06
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-11 
Bark of the Weeping Bottlebrush tree in my yard.
Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Mar 12, 2014 9:26 AM concerning plant:
    I love this tree for its vivid red "brushes" and weeping habit and also for the fact that the beautiful blooms attract bees, butterflies, and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird! This tree reminds me of another favorite of mine, the Weeping Willow (Salix sp.), but the bright red blooms of the bottlebrush keep it at number one on my list of all time favorites!

    Callistemon viminalis is native to New South Wales, Australia, and can attain heights to 30 feet at maturity, but most stay at around 15 to 20 feet in height. Young specimens are susceptible to frost damage so protection is needed during the winter months if frost is predicted, but once they attain maturity, frost or the occasional freeze doesn't seem to do much damage. Weeping Bottlebrush can be grown as a shrub or hedge or as a single specimen plant and does very well in the sandy Florida soil. It fares best in full sun, but it can take part shade as well. Blooms just may not be as prolific if grown in a more shady location.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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What a shot!! by dave Jun 25, 2013 6:03 AM 6
Are those seed pods??? by Ridesredmule Jul 13, 2012 2:10 PM 3

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