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Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid'

Bottlebrush
Myrtaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Flowers

CALLISTEMON

Fast growing, with colorful flowers carried in dense spikes or round clusters consisting mainly of long, bristle-like stamens—hence the common name “bottlebrush.” Attractive to hummingbirds. Flowers are followed by woody capsules that can last for years and may resemble rows of beads pressed into bark.

Some bottlebrushes are naturally dense and compact (making good informal hedges); others are sparse and open (can be pruned up to become small trees). Those with pliant branches can be grown as informal espaliers. Very little routine pruning is needed—just remove any weak or dead branches after bloom or before spring growth flush. Don't cut into bare wood beyond leaves—plant may not send out new growth. Generally found in moist ground in their native Australia, they withstand waterlogged soil. Normally tolerant of saline or alkaline soils, they sometimes suffer from chlorosis. Often severely damaged at 20°F/–7°C.

Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid'

Grows 10 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide; prune to keep compact or shape into small tree. Slender, arching branches hold narrow leaves to 3 in. long; foliage is pink tinted when young, maturing to gray-green. Soft pink brushes appear in latespring and early summer.

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