Information about Callistemon citrinus

Callistemon citrinus, commonly known as the crimson bottlebrush or lemon bottlebrush, is a species of flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to eastern Australia, but has been introduced to many other parts of the world, including South Africa, Europe, and North America.

The plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can grow up to 5 meters tall. Its leaves are lance-shaped and about 5-12 cm long. The flowers, which appear in the summer and fall, are cylindrical spikes that resemble a bottlebrush, hence the common name. They are typically bright red, but can also be pink, yellow or white, and are rich in nectar, attracting birds and bees.

Callistemon citrinus is a hardy plant that prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant and can tolerate salt spray, making it a popular choice for coastal gardens. The plant can be propagated by seeds, cuttings or layering, and is often used in landscaping for its attractive foliage and showy flowers. In addition, the plant has traditional medicinal uses in some parts of the world.