Sun-loving and drought-resistant plant to 10' tall with masses of scarlet bottlebrush-like flowers in spring and summer. 

Plant Profile
Botanical Name Callistemon citrinus
Features Sun-loving and drought-resistant plant to 10' tall with masses of scarlet bottlebrush-like flowers in spring and summer.
Exposure Full sun
Hardiness Zone Zones 10 to 15
Mature Size 10' Tall, 25' Wide
Genus Description Callistemon is a genus of 25 species or more of evergreen trees and shrubs from Australia, most occurring in moist soil in open or woodland sites. The simple alternate, leathery leaves are cylindrical to broadly lance-shaped. Callistemons are grown for their colorful, terminal or axillary, bottlebrush-like spikes of numerous tiny, 5-petaled, long-stamened flowers. The flowers may be red, purple, pink, white, green, or yellow. They can be grown at the base of a house wall or in a shrub border. Where not hardy, they should be grown in a cool greenhouse.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in soil-based potting mix in full light with good ventilation. In the growing season, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water more sparingly in winter. Pot on or top-dress in early spring. Outdoors, grow in moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry annually or after flowering. Remove dead and damaged growth in mid-spring. Dead head regularly if practical (unless fruit are desired).
Pests and Diseases Spider mites, thorn bugs, and scale insects can be problems. Fungal stem galls and cankers, witches’ broom, and leaf spots can occur.

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