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The Bottlebrush Tree from Australia is rated to grow all over the State of Florida and all of zone 9 and some warmer parts of zone 8. A small tree to about 15 feet, it is related to the Cajetput-tree and guava
Photo at the top of the page is Callistemon rigidus, the "Erect" Bottlebrush Tree
Many folks also like the weeping variety, whose Latin is Callistemon viminalis
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Weeping Bottlebrush grows to about 20 feet in Florida, but closer to 60 feet in its native soils Down Under. All together, there are about 20 shrubs and trees in this family, Callistemon
Another variety, Callistemon citrinus, is a larger tree to about 20 feet and best suited to weather in Central and North Florida. Also native to Australia's New South Wales, the citrinus has 4 inch colorful blooms shaped like an elongated egg versus the cylinder shape
You can see in this picture how the Callistemon rigidus gets its common name. The flower "brushes" are bright and shiny and the red is the classic color for this plant. Expect blooms starting in late spring
The leaves are aromatic and a nice strong green.
Plant in full sun for best show of color. Most soils are suitable if they are well drained. Dryer soils than are common in South Florida are preferred so don't add water unnecessarily. Also, buy a small plant as they transplant poorly.
Callistemon Bottle Brush varieties include: