Callistemon linearifolius

2 Dec

Callistemon linearifolius (18/10/2014, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid)

Callistemon linearifolius (18/10/2014, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid)

Position: Full sun

Soil: Moist, well drained

Flowering period: Summer

Eventual Height: 4m

Eventual Spread: 4m

Hardiness: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11

Family: Myrtaceae

Callistemon linearifolius is an evergreen shrub or tree with an open habit. Its grey/ green leaves are linear to lanceolate with pointed tips, up to 10cm long and 7m broad. Its flowers are bottle brush like spikes of hermaphrodite flowers, up to 10cm long, with enlarged scarlet red stamens arranged radially around the tips of the flowering stems. These are followed by clusters of dark grey, tightly spaced small fruit which are up to 7mm across.

Callistemon linearifolius Leaf (18/10/2014, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid)

Callistemon linearifolius Leaf (18/10/2014, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid)

Callistemon linearifolius,  commonly known as the Nettled Bottlebrush or Narrow Leaf Bottlebrush, is native to New South Wales, Australia. In its native habitat it grows in dry sclerophyll (vegetation with hard leaves) forest.

The etymological root of the binomial name  Callistemon is derived from the ancient Greek Kalli meaning ‘beautiful’ and stamen the pollen producing part of a flower. Linearifolius is derived from the Latin linearis meaning ‘linear’ and folium meaning ‘leaf’.

The landscape architect may find Callistemon linearifolius useful as an attractive evergreen flowering shrub. A warm sheltered location will ensure this plant flowers prolifically.

Callistemon linearifolius Seed (18/10/2014, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid)

Callistemon linearifolius Seed (18/10/2014, Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid)

Ecologically, Callistemon linearifolius flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Callistemon linearifolius prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most  pH of soil.

Callistemon linearifolius requires little maintenance, dead or damaged material may be removed after flowering.

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