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CALLISTEMON viminalis

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Forest & Kim Starr

Family

Myrtaceae

Botanical Name

CALLISTEMON viminalis

Plant Common Name

Weeping Bottlebrush

General Description

Usually grown as a small multi-stemmed tree or large shrub, this narrow-leaved evergreen from eastern Australia has weeping branches that produce fuzzy clusters of bright red flowers in spring and sporadically thereafter. Its light-green leaves are flushed with bronze when new. Several cultivars are available, including the dwarf 'Little John'.

Grow weeping bottlebrush in full sun and well-drained fertile soil. A nice specimen tree for the border or patio, it can also be massed for screening. Its flowers attract hummingbirds.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-30' / 0.9m - 9.1m

  • Width

    5'-12' / 1.5m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Weeping

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No