PlantsCallistemon→Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)

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: To 20 feet
Plant Spread: 10-12 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
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: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Not suitable for containers

#Pollination - Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoying nectar.

Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Mar 12, 2014 9:26 AM

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.

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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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Plants for zone 9b landscape that attract hummingbirds and butterflies by Iwannazenspot001 Mar 8, 2019 8:02 AM 3
Help me ID this tree by PlantTanzania Aug 24, 2018 9:59 AM 3
Melbourne/Australia - perhaps this is a tough one to ID by whoatemylettuce Jan 11, 2018 6:59 PM 3
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Show me some signs of SPRING! by tveguy3 May 3, 2015 7:41 AM 999
Callistemon subulatus --Dwarf bottlebrush by klc Feb 23, 2015 8:55 AM 5
Question from a simpleton by Lavanda Mar 18, 2014 7:41 PM 3
January 2014 - Backyard Birds by plantladylin Feb 13, 2014 7:39 AM 61

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