27 Types of Flowering Bottlebrush Plants For Your Garden

Are you looking for a flashy, splashy, flowering evergreen to add interest to the garden landscape? Look no further than the bottlebrush plant. Gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares 27 exciting varieties of bottlebrush for the garden in this article.

An alpine bottlebrush plant stands out amidst a hazy backdrop of fellow bottlebrush plants. Clusters of yellow flowers gracefully adorn the plant's brown branches. Delicate and finely textured green leaves add an elegant touch to the overall appearance.

Bottlebrush plants are stunning and showy evergreens that add a huge burst of color in spring and summer. Originating in Australia, these attractive plants have made quite a name for themselves in tropical and subtropical regions with their flamboyant flower spikes and aromatic foliage. 

Their flower spikes appear in shades of pink, purple, white, yellow, and green, as well as their most recognized shade, red. While most varieties grow best in zones 9-11, I have a few more cold-tolerant varieties to introduce you to as well. For those gardeners in zones 7-8, several species will overwinter nicely in your climates as well. 

Previously, most cultivars belonged to the genus Callistemon. In recent years, they’ve been shifted into the genus Melaleuca. Many people and retailers still use the former name, so we have included both here. Here are 27 of my favorite varieties of bottlebrush plants for the garden and landscape

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Albany Bottlebrush

A vibrant red bottlebrush flower, its stamens reaching out like fiery flames in the sunlight. In the background, a soft blur of bottlebrush foliage and additional blossoms creates a delicate tapestry of greenery.
The Albany bottlebrush is a compact, aromatic plant with celadon-colored leaves, known for its bird-attracting flower spikes.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca glauca or Callistemon glaucus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 4’-8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

We might as well start the list with a bang, and Albany is the perfect species for the job. With its upright, branching growth habit, this bottlebrush makes an excellent hedge or screen. The foliage is lovely and aromatic. The leaves are celadon-colored, long and narrow, with a rounded tip with an almost succulent quality.

Albany Bottlebrush is a compact variety, reaching about 8’ tall at maturity and not quite as wide. The flower spikes are large, about 3” wide and 6” long. Long clusters of vermillion stamens look lightly tipped with yellow pollen. If you are a bird watcher, this is a great plant for drawing birds to the garden

Alpine Bottlebrush

Close up of a shrub with several brown branches that have grayish-brown seed pods that resemble pine cones on them. The leaves are thin and medium-length, almost needle-like. There is a single flower spike in the center of the image that has long, thin, yellow stamens.
The Alpine bottlebrush is well-adapted to a variety of growing conditions.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca paludicola or Callistemon sieberi
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-11

Alpine will remind you of a true evergreen shrub, which all bottlebrush plants are! The leaves are fine and almost needle-like and lightly pubescent. This species makes a great shrub with a low ground clearance and dense foliage. Encourage more branching by lightly pruning branches when the plant is young. 

One of the selling points of the Alpine bottlebrush is that it is exceptionally cold-tolerant for the genus. While most bottlebrush plants are cold hardy to zone 9 or 8 at the most, Alpine can handle winters in zone 7 and tolerates boggy soil types.

The flower spikes are long with clusters of creamy white to yellow stamens. After the flowers fall, the resulting seed pods resemble pinecones, adding to the evergreen appeal. 

Bracelet Honey Myrtle

A close-up reveals the beauty of white bracelet honey myrtle flowers. A bee indulges in nature's sweet offering, as it delicately extracts nectar from the spiky heart of a honey myrtle flower.
Bracelet honey myrtle provides a wealth of flowers and makes a great privacy screen due to its rapid growth rate.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca armillaris
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 15’-30’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

If you want a versatile and large bottlebrush plant with a prolific flowering habit, bracelet honey myrtle checks all the boxes. In its native Australia, this is a popular and common plant often grown as a tree or large shrub. It makes a great screen; it is quite hardy and grows quickly. As a tree, it has a slight weeping habit.

The foliage is soft, delicate, and needle-like. Bracelet honey myrtle produces long, narrow flower spikes with dense clusters of snow-white stamens with white pollen tips. This variety grows rapidly, gaining up to 3’ of new height per year. This growth tendency makes it a great screen as it fills in quickly to provide privacy.

Broad-leaved Paperbark

A broad-leaved paperbark tree against a brilliant blue sky. The tree's brown branches extend gracefully, adorned with vibrant green ovate leaves that dance in the gentle breeze. At the pinnacle of its beauty, the tree showcases delicate white spiky flowers.
The broad-leaved paperbark tree is a peeling-barked species with cool blue-tinted leaves.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca viridiflora or Callistemon viridiflorus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 30’+
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

The broad-leaved paperbark tree has some unique characteristics. It is much larger than most bottlebrush plants and grows well as a small to medium-sized tree.

It typically reaches about 30’ tall but has occasionally grown to 50’ tall. The most unique characteristic of the tree is its white, papery bark with an ornamental, peeling habit.

The leaves are ovate and simple and have a cool blue tint. The tree is not as densely flowering as many cultivars, but it flowers for an extended period, from spring through fall, and can produce blooms year round. The flower spikes are white and appear in clusters at the end of branches. 

‘Captain Cook’

A close-up of red Captain Cook flowers, displaying delicate stamens. Among the blooms, a young Captain Cook flower bud emerges, its red spikes already visible. In the backdrop, the long and slender leaves of the flowers create a blurred canvas.
‘Captain Cook’ is a compact shrubby plant with small leaves and red stamen-covered flower spikes.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca viminalis ‘Captain Cook’ or Callistemon viminalis ‘Captain Cook’
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

This rather shrubby variety stays a very manageable size, reaching only about 5’ tall and wide. A grouping of ‘Captain Cook’ plants makes a very nice low hedge or screen with dense branches and a slight weeping habit.

You can train it into a small tree, but the clearance is typically only a foot or two from the ground, even when you trim the bottom branches away. Removing more than that will leave a sad-looking plant that lacks density.

The leaves are small and narrow but densely arranged on branches, which can be encouraged with early pruning. This nice, compact variety fits well into smaller spaces. The flower spikes are full-sized at about 6” long and covered in loose clusters of bright red stamens. The stamens have a light brushing of yellow on the tips.

Cliff Bottlebrush

Red cliff bottlebrush flowers contrast beautifully with the soft backdrop of lush green foliage and the clear blue sky with fluffy clouds. Delicate and striking, the red cliff bottlebrush flowers showcase nature's artistry.
This popular bonsai species has copper-hued foliage and compact red and yellow-tipped flower spikes.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca comboynensis or Callistemon comboynensis
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 20’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

Cliff bottlebrush is the most used species for creating a bottlebrush bonsai. It matures to about 5-10’ tall and wide at full size, making it a nice, large shrub. The leaves are narrow and elliptical, and when the foliage is young, it appears to have a copper hue before maturing to a lovely jade tone. 

The size of this cultivar makes it a nice container plant, and it has moderately good frost tolerance. The flower spikes are compact at 4” long and have long, loose clusters of red stamens with yellow tips. The flowers are lightly fragrant.

Firebark

Graceful firebark flowers, their pristine white blooms symbolizing innocence and elegance. Set against the canvas of blurred greens, the ovate leaves create a soothing backdrop, while the rustic brown branches add a touch of organic authenticity.
This is a significant paperbark species in Australia with peeling bark.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca nervosa or Callistemon nervosus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 50’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

Firebark is a paperbark species with peeling bark in shades of white, grey, brown, or cream. One of the larger species, Melaleuca nervosa has many uses. Depending on the variety, the tree can reach heights of up to 50’ tall, with leaves ranging from one to six inches long.

This large bottlebrush tree needs some space. In addition to its unique peeling bark, its flowers are also uncommon among the bottlebrush family. The mid-sized flower spikes range from a pale yellow to a bright green. The leaves are gray-green. Fine, white hairs cover new growth. 

Gold-Tipped Bottlebrush

A vibrant gold-tipped bottlebrush flower, showcasing its stunning crimson hue. The flower's stamens exhibit a captivating contrast with their sunny yellow tips. Surrounding the flower, lush green leaves create a soft, blurred background.
Gold-tipped bottlebrush is a dense, round privacy hedge option.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca polandii or Callistemon polandii
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

This midsized variety makes a wonderful privacy hedge. At a mature height of 10’ with a spread of about 8’, the dense foliage of gold-tipped bottlebrush flowers from winter through summer and occasionally year-round. The round growth habit requires little shaping except deadheading to encourage new branching and blooming

The flower spikes this cultivar produces are short (3”) and made up of clusters of short red stamens with golden pollen tips. The foliage is gray-green and made up of narrow ovate to lanceolate leaves. 

Green Bottlebrush

Close up of a spike of flowers that are bright green in color growing at the end of a thin, brown stem. The leaves are thin and green. The background is dark, brown, and blurred.
This variety can grow in colder climates and has bright green flowers. Image Credit: “Melaleuca flavovirens” by quinkin via iNaturalist is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca flavovirens or Callistemon flavovirens
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3’-10’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

Green bottlebrush falls into the category of bottlebrush plants with better cold hardiness. Gardeners as far north as zone 7 can grow this species outdoors with no threat of frost damage. The Tasmanian native has foliage that resembles an olive tree and bright green stems.

This extra sturdy species is best known for its flower spikes, covered in dense clusters of lime green stamens with yellow tips. It makes a great shrub for those in cooler climates but can also thrive in hot weather. 

Kingaroy Bottlebrush

Amidst a sea of elongated, slender leaves, a single Kingaroy bottlebrush flower stands out in striking crimson splendor. Its solitary presence exudes elegance, gracefully suspended by its stem. The soft, blurred green background enhances its natural beauty.
The Kingaroy variety is a large shrub with narrow, lanceolate leaves that start as rose pink and turn green.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca formosa or Callistemon formosis
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 20’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

Another light-flowered variety, ‘Kingaroy’ is a great, large, shrubby variety with narrow leaves arranged in an opposite spiraling formation. This foliage is slightly hairy and rose pink when it is young and ages to a deeper green. The leaves are lanceolate, narrower than most species, and pointed rather than rounded. 

Kingaroy’ makes a wonderful tall hedge reaching nearly 20’ tall with a 12’ spread at maturity. It can be trained into a small tree as well. The flower spikes are large with clusters of cream-colored, gold-tipped stamens. 

Lemon Bottlebrush

Blooms of lemon bottlebrush exhibit white stamen with a vibrant lemony yellow hue gracing their tips. In the soft blur of the background, lush greenery reveals a thriving ecosystem of these plants.
Lemon bottlebrush is an appealing shrub or tree with silver-green foliage and mid-sized flower spikes with yellow stamens.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca pallida or Callistemon pallidus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 30’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

The upright growth habit and long blooming season are attractive traits of the lemon bottlebrush. It makes an excellent large shrub or tree with dense, colorful foliage that is silvery when young and tender and which takes on a bright green hue in maturity

The lemon bottlebrush’s flower spikes are mid-sized and upward-pointing. Its clusters of stamens are dense and long, and the spikes tend to be as wide as they are long. The stamens are usually yellow with gold tips but can sometimes appear pale pink. 

Lesser Bottlebrush

An arrangement of lesser bottlebrush flowers forms colorful clusters amidst slender lanceolate green leaves. The vivid red stamens exhibit an exquisite touch with their sunny yellow tips.
The lesser bottlebrush features striking deep scarlet flower spikes with dense stamen clusters.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca phoenicea or Callistemon phoeniceus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 20’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

Lesser doesn’t quite seem the right name for this variety, but the botanical name phoenicia refers to the deep red-violet tone of the flower spikes on this pretty plant. These deep scarlet blooms are one of the darkest reds of the bottlebrushes. The clusters of stamens this plant produces are dense, with an average of 34-39 stamens per flower, impressive!

The lesser bottlebrush has a slightly weeping growth habit. Its flower spikes hang downward and are surrounded by attractive leaves. The leaves are long, thin, and lanceolate and look very similar to the weeping bottlebrush.

Lime Bottlebrush

Close up of a bloom of a melaleuca plant with greenish-yellow long thin petals that grow in a spike. To the left, there is a small branch with green leaves and a young brown bud at the tip. The background is dark and blurred.
Another bottlebrush variety with green blooms is the lime bottlebrush. Image Credit: “Melaleuca virens – Lime Bottlebrush” by Bill Higham via Flickr is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca virens or Callistemon viridiflorus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

Lime bottlebrush is another native of Tasmania, one of six species. It is a small to medium species with a shrubby habit and leathery lanceolate leaves. The leaves are long and occasionally curved. 

This variety reaches about 10′ at maturity, making it a wonderful privacy hedge candidate. The flower spikes are small, occurring at the ends of branches, which continue to grow after they bloom. Clusters of cream-colored to lime-green stamens have yellow tips and occur in groups of 19 to 36 per flower. 

‘Little John’

Flowers of Little John bottlebrush in a deep red hue with sunny yellow tips. The stamens resemble tiny brush bristles, arranged in cylindrical spikes. Nestled among them, small, ovate leaves form a verdant embrace.
This eye-catching variety has dense branching, blue-green leaves, and vibrant crimson flower clusters.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca viminalis ‘Little John’ or Callistemon viminalis ‘Little John’
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-12

‘Little John’ is a very flashy and attractive dwarf variety of the viminalis species. It is slow growing with a final size of 3′ tall with a 5′ spread. It has a beautiful densely branched growth habit, which makes it a lovely border or small garden focal point. 

The variety has not only dense branches but leaves as well. The blue-green leaves are arranged in a loose rosette and are long and ovate. The flower clusters are bright, crimson, and large compared to the size of the plant. ‘Little John’ makes up for its small size with a big personality

‘Mauve Mist’

In a gentle breeze, the mauve mist bottlebrush sways, its slender stems bending like poetry in motion. A soft blur of verdant surroundings paints a tranquil backdrop, harmonizing with nature's soothing melody.
‘Mauve Mist’ is an ideal shrub for hedges and windbreaks, with beautiful long flower spikes.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca citrina ‘Mauve Mist’ or Callistemon citrinus ‘Mauve Mist’
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6’-12’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

The perfect bottlebrush might be ‘Mauve Mist.’ With a height and spread between six and 12′, it makes a perfect hedge windbreak or privacy screen.  Early pruning will help give this graceful shrub a denser appearance by encouraging branching.

This variety has truly stunning flower spikes. The long clusters appear at the end of arching branches and are 4 inches or longer. Dense clusters of pinkish-purple stamens are lightly tipped with gold. 

Narrow-Leaved Bottlebrush

A close-up reveals the intricate details of a narrow-leaved bottlebrush flower, its stamens in shades of captivating red. Delicate red stems intertwine, supporting the blossoming marvel. The slender leaves of the bottlebrush plant showcase their lanceolate form.
The narrow-leaved bottlebrush is a shrub with aromatic leaves and scarlet flower spikes.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca linearis or Callistemon linearis
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 4’-10’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

Another winner of the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, the narrow-leaved bottlebrush is a small to medium-sized shrub with narrow and delicate aromatic leaves on lightly weeping branches. It can be trained into a small tree, which showcases the weeping habit and makes for a graceful plant. 

The delicate green foliage is a wonderful compliment to the scarlet flower spikes. These spikes are 4” long with dense clusters of the brightest red stamens with deep red tips. This species prefers a bit more moisture and tolerates wet soil better.

Needle Bottlebrush

Dangling elegantly, numerous bunches of red needle bottlebrush create a captivating visual. The defocused surroundings offer a glimpse of elliptical green leaves, adding a soothing touch to the vibrant composition.
This aromatic shrub has long, thin leaves resembling pine needles.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca orophila or Callistemon teretifolius
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-11

Needle bottlebrush takes its name from its leaves, which are very long and thin with pointed ends. The foliage resembles beautiful pine trees and is aromatic when crushed. As with most species, early pruning will encourage branching to give this shrub a denser appearance.

With a final height of around 8’ and a spread of 12’, the needle bottlebrush makes a wonderful shrub. The flower spikes occur a few inches before the end of each branch, showcasing dense clusters of long, red stamens with yellow tips. 

‘Perth Pink’

Perth Pink Bottlebrush flowers gracefully drooping, displaying their soft pink hues. Delicate pink stamens elegantly extend from within, each tipped with a vibrant touch of yellow. In the foreground, tightly closed Perth Pink buds hold the secret of impending beauty.
The stunning blooms of ‘Perth Pink’ are abundant in spring.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca citrina ‘Perth Pink’ or Callistemon citrinus ‘Perth Pink’
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

‘Perth Pink’ is a close relative of ‘Mauve Mist’ and has a very similar appeal. It makes a perfect low hedge with a final height and spread of 5′. It makes it an excellent focal point in the garden as well.

The foliage is lime green, narrow, and lanceolate. This variety blooms prolifically in spring, showing off masses of bubblegum pink clusters of stamens on 4 to 5-inch flower spikes. This variety is a heat lover and not cold-tolerant.

Prickly Bottlebrush

Four vibrant yellow prickly bottlebrush blossoms create a striking contrast against their succulent-like green foliage. The unique flowers resemble cobs of corn, with their yellow and red stamens harmonizing beautifully.
The prickly bottlebrush is a popular, easy-to-grow plant with flashy flowers and a weeping habit.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca brachyandra or Callistemon brachyandrus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 30’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-10

Easy to grow with flashy flowers and a final size of 12′ tall with a 12′ spread, the prickly bottlebrush is easy to grow and quite popular. Named for its needle-like, stiff, pointed leaves, this species has a slight weeping habit. 

Prickly bottlebrush has very flashy flower spikes. Although not long, the dense clusters of stamens are brilliant red with large amounts of bright yellow pollen at the tips. This is a highly ornamental and low-maintenance cultivar. 

Scarlet Bottlebrush

Scarlet bottlebrush flowers showcase their crimson stamens with delicate yellow tips. Small, ovate leaves provide a contrasting canvas for the striking red blossoms.
The scarlet bottlebrush is a tall, upright shrub bearing dense clusters of crimson stamens with yellow pollen-tipped spikes.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca rugulosa
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 20’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

Scarlet bottlebrush has an upright growth habit topping out around 20′, which makes it perfect to train into a small tree. The branches have an open habit, making this species less desirable as a privacy screen. 

This is another species with a true evergreen feel. The short, stiff, pointed leaves resemble a pine and grow outward toward the tips of branches. The flower spikes are mid-sized, with very dense clusters of crimson stamens that have a light sprinkling of yellow pollen at the tips.

‘Splendens’

A bright pink Splendens bottlebrush stands out beautifully, its petals vivid against a blurred backdrop of ovate leaves. In the forefront, the leaves exhibit a gentle, subtle fur texture, adding a tactile dimension to the visual composition.
This striking bottlebrush variety grows up to 25’ tall and produces lemony-scented leaves.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca citrina ‘Splendens’ or Callistemon citrinus ‘Splendens’
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 25’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

‘Splendens’ is an award-winning, versatile shrub or small tree. The Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society ensures that this cultivar will perform well and draw admiration as long as it gets the proper care.

It can be grown as a small to medium shrub or trained as a small tree, as it will grow up to 25’ tall this way, but it can also be trained to remain smaller, as a shrub of 5-15’ tall and wide. 

The foliage comes in coppery before turning gray-green. The leaves are small and ovate and have a lemony scent when bruised. The flower spikes are large and feature dense clusters of yellow-tipped, scarlet stamens. 

Stiff Bottlebrush

Clusters of pink stiff bottlebrush flowers bloom gracefully, upheld by brown stems, accompanied by spiky leaves. In the foreground, promising brown bottlebrush buds await their turn to burst into bloom. The blurred background showcases lush greenery.
This bottlebrush variety is a versatile coastal shrub with upright growth and vibrant flower spikes.
botanical-name botanical name Callistemon rigidus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height up to 20’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

Stiff bottlebrush is a medium-sized species. It can easily be trained to be a small tree or kept to a more manageable 10′ tall and wide as a large shrub.

It can be kept as a root hardy perennial shrub in cooler climates, growing 3-5’ in a season. This variety is very tolerant of salt and makes a great coastal shrub. 

The species tends to have an upright growth habit with just a slight bit of weeping toward the end of the branches, more so when flowers are present. The flower spikes are short and wide, with dense clusters of long, bright red stamens with just a touch of yellow at the tips.

‘Violaceus’

A spherical pink violaceus bottlebrush flower stands out, its fine stamens forming an elegant composition. Against a blurred backdrop of lush leaves, it emerges as a stunning focal point, a testament to nature's artistry.
‘Violaceous’ transforms from leggy growth to a beautiful multi-trunk tree.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca viridiflora ‘Violaceus’ or Callistemon viridiflorus ‘Violaceus’
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

‘Violaceous’ is a very ornamental variety that makes a wonderful addition to a container garden. It has a bit of a leggy, thin growth habit in the first year or two. Fortunately, it matures into a lovely multi-trunk tree with a rounded canopy.

This is a winter-blooming variety that’s typically finished blooming by summertime. The flower spikes are long and covered in densely clustered fuchsia stamens. If you love pink flowers, this is a gorgeous specimen when it matures. 

Weeping Bottlebrush

A close-up of a bright pink weeping bottlebrush in full bloom. Leaves gracefully adorn the top of the bottlebrush. The blurred background hints at a tapestry of even more of these captivating flowers in their natural habitat.
The beauty of the weeping bottlebrush tree lies in its compact, graceful growth with willow-like foliage and red flower spikes.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca viminalis or Callistemon viminalus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 20’-30’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

This might be my favorite bottlebrush. When you see it, I think you will understand why. It resembles a compact weeping willing in all the best ways. It has a graceful growth habit and a spread nearly as wide as the tree is tall.

The foliage is reminiscent of a willow as well. They are small and ovate with tops in shiny bright green and a more matte back with a grey-green tint. The long, elegant weeping branches are well balanced, making this a beautiful, shapely tree.

The flowers are the icing on the cake. Bright red flower spikes occur just before the ends of branches. When this tree is in bloom and abuzz with pollinators, it is a sight for sore eyes.

‘White Anzac’

A white anzac bottlebrush flower stands prominently against a lush backdrop of green foliage. Intricate white stamens, each adorned with yellow tips, grace the hearts of the anzac bottlebrush flower. In the foreground, the anzac bottlebrush's lengthy leaves sprawl gracefully.
This variety is a low-growing, reliable bloomer with attractive bluish-green leaves.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca citrina ‘White Anzac’ or Callistemon citrinus ‘White Anzac
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 12’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-10

‘White Anzac’ is a low-growing, reliable bloomer. It makes an attractive, sprawling hedge with a mature height of 4’ and a spread of up to 12’.

Like most cultivars, this one can tolerate a range of soil types and is tolerant of coastal and urban conditions. It is also more tolerant of partial shade than most bottlebrush plants.

The leaves are narrowly ovate and bluish-green, with ends that are not quite rounded but not pointed either. The flower spikes are significant, from 4-6” long, and covered in dense clusters of white stamens with yellow tips giving them a warm quality.

White Bottlebrush

A solitary white bottlebrush nestled amid a bed of succulent-like leaves. Leaves sprout from the crown of the bottlebrush, adding an intriguing layer of texture and contrast to this unique botanical composition. The blurred background reveals a serene landscape.
The white bottlebrush plant can be trained into a small tree with white flowers and an extensive root system.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca salicina or Callistemon salignus
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 20’-25’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 8-11

This species will draw plenty of wildlife to the garden, including butterflies, bees, and many birds. It has an upright growth habit and is naturally shrubby but can be trained into a small tree with a mature height of up to 25’.

A winner of the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society speaks for the plant’s value as an ornamental. White bottlebrush has an extensive spreading root system, so it should not be planted within 30’ of your home’s foundation or any other paving.

The tree has white, papery bark and narrow, lanceolate leaves. As the name implies, the flowers are white, with delicate clusters of stamens.

‘Woodlander’s Hardy’

A vivid woodlander's hardy bottlebrush flower stands out in a lush green background. The bottlebrush features striking deep red stamens adorned with delicate yellow tips.
‘Woodlander’s Hardy’ is a compact, cold-resistant plant with delicate evergreen foliage and vibrant blooming suitable for Zones 7-8 gardens.
botanical-name botanical name Melaleuca or Callistemon sp. ‘Woodlander’s Hardy’
plant-type plant type Evergreen
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

If you’re living in zones 7-8, this species will overwinter exceptionally well in your cooler climate. ‘Woodlander’s Hardy’ can survive temperatures down to and sometimes exceeding 10°F. It’s a smaller variety, with a height and spread of only 3’-5’ at maturity. This makes it a wonderful focal point, small background, or foundational plant in the garden. 

‘Woodlander’s Hardy’ has evergreen foliage that is delicate and nearly needle-like. It is a big bloomer, beginning in late spring and lasting through the summer. The flower spikes are long and slender, with loose clusters of fine red stamens lightly tipped with yellow pollen. 

Final Thoughts

Bottlebrush plants add color, texture, and interest to the garden. Their copious nectar supply also serves as a valuable pollinator food source, and birds love their seeds in the fall.

You can’t go wrong adding this fun and unique plant to your landscape. With their versatility and tolerance to soil types and conditions, bottlebrush plants are sturdy, low-maintenance, flowering evergreens.

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Foodscaping has gained momentum in recent years as gardeners combine ornamental plants with edibles. Here, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares 14 beautiful edible shrubs that lay a foundation for your edible garden.

when to plant azaleas

Shrubs

Where Should You Plant Azaleas For Optimal Growth?

Are you considering planting azaleas in your garden but you are not sure where they should go? These flowering shrubs will survive in many different growing conditions. But which is best? In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago shares how you can expect your azalea to grow depending on where it is planted.