Lemon bottlebrush

Callistemon citrinus


The Lemon bottlebrush can be grown as a large shrub or small tree with a mounding habit 15-25 ft. tall, 15-20 ft. wide. Citrus-scented leaves are pointed and 3-4 in. long; new growth emerges soft and reddish before maturing pale green and hard. Striking red flowers comprised of numerous stamens occur in large brush-like spikes, 3-4 in. long, during mid spring and also intermittently all year.

Lemon bottlebrush comes from coastal habitats of eastern Australia. It is widely grown throughout the Inland Empire, showing remarkable adaptability to heat, sun, aridity and wind. It grows best with moderate amounts of water throughout the year, but its tough foliage and bark enable established plants to tolerate periods of summer drought. It is available from nurseries as a single trunk tree or shrub, and can be used as a patio and garden tree, foundation plant and large clipped hedge. Flowers of the Lemon bottlebrush are valued by many types of birds. Several cultivars are available, including compact forms.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Silt, Loam, Clay, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Screening, Hummingbird plant, Flowering accent plant, Attracts bees, Hedge
Height: 15 ft. – 25 ft.
Width: 15 ft. – 20 ft.