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Callistemon rigidus/Bottlebrush

Callistemon rigidus / Callistemon rigidus
Large, mature bottlebrush plants
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Large, mature bottlebrush plants

Bright red flowers in late spring and summer

Shrub in full bloom

Heavy flowering in full sunlight

Close-up of bottlebrush-like flowers

Close-up of flower and narrow leaves

Young plant in front of a cypress fence

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Scientific Name: Callistemon rigidus
Common Name: Bottlebrush
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Comments: Flowers composed of showy red stamens which encircle the stem for about 4-5 inches, giving a bottlebrush effect. They have been severely damaged by cold in zone 8b, but not in the last few years. When in bloom, plant makes a showy specimen. Reported to be somewhat tolerate of salt sprays. Cannot tolerate heavy, poorly drained soil. Root rot is a common problem where soils are poorly drained.