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Callistemon pallidus (Lemon Bottlebrush)

Lemon Bottlebrush, Melaleuca pallida

Callistemon pallidus, Lemon Bottlebrush, Mediterranean shrubs, Evergreen Shrubs, Red flowers,  drought tolerant flowers,  Weeping Bottlebrush

Callistemon pallidus (Lemon Bottlebrush) is an upright evergreen shrub adorned with a profusion of slender spreading branches clothed with narrowly-elliptic, gray-green leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm), which emerge pink-tinged and attractively covered with dense silky hairs. The plant is covered with dense spikes, 4 in. long (10 cm), of creamy-yellow flowers that resemble bottlebrushes in late spring and early summer. The blooms are a copious source of nectar for birds and hummingbirds. The flowers give way to woody fruit capsules which may persist for several years. Lemon Bottlebrush is a widely grown ornamental shrub which has performed exceptionally well in cultivation and is useful as a specimen or screen plant.

  • Grows up to 8-10 ft. tall and wide (240-300 cm).
  • Easily grown in acidic, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Drought tolerant but performs best with regular irrigation.
  • Great for foundations, hedges, wall-side borders, Mediterranean gardens, city gardens, coastal gardens or cottage gardens.
  • Virtually disease free and pest free. Watch for glasshouse red spider mite, mealybugs and scale insects when grown under glass. Deer resistant.
  • Little or no pruning. This plant responds well to periodic pruning to encourage a bushier growth habit.
  • Propagate by seed, sown onto moist compost at 16-18ºC, in spring, or by heeled semi-ripe cuttings of lateral shoots in late summer.
  • Native to Australia, Tasmania

Requirements

Hardiness 10 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Myrtaceae
Genus Callistemon, Melaleuca
Common names Bottlebrush
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 120" (3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 10 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Myrtaceae
Genus Callistemon, Melaleuca
Common names Bottlebrush
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 120" (3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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