Callistemon rigidus seeds mature in Oct. Common Name: stiff bottlebrush
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Myrtaceae
Native Range: Australia
Zone: 9 to 10
Height: 3.00 to 8.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: Seasonal bloomer
Bloom Description: Red
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Fragrant, Evergreen
Other: Winter Interest

Callistemon rigidus seeds

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  • Native to Australia, stiff bottlebrush (also erect bottlebrush) is a medium-sized, upright, evergreen tropical shrub that will grow to 10-15’ tall in its native habitat. It is commonly grown as a specimen or hedge in frost free areas such as the southern parts of Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. In containers in northern climates, it is typically grown as a 3-5’ tall shrub or trained as a small standard. Flowers feature numerous bushy bright red stamens that encircle the stem in cylindrical spikes (to 4” long) resembling bottlebrushes. Flowers bloom intermittently throughout the year in frost free areas, but more typically in summer in St. Louis. Flowers are attractive to bees. Flowers are followed by small, button-like, brown seed capsules. Narrow, linear, dull green leaves (to 5” long) are fragrant when bruised. Genus name comes from the Greek words for beautiful (callis) and stamen (stemon) in obvious reference to the flowers.