Bottlebrush Tree

Keeping A Bottlebrush Tree

The bottlebrush tree is actually a frost resistant type of shrub. It is a smaller plant and it is an evergreen. It originated in Australia and it is also called callistemon. It is a very unique plant for many reasons and it can be used as a focal point in the garden or in rows as shrubbery. It is easy to take care of and it is referred to as the bottle brush tree for a good reason.

In late winter until early summer, this plant produces rich red blooms that are not similar to any other flower. These blooms are made up of spiny red petals that are arranged into to shape of a bottle brush. They are circular and they appear on the end of the stems. If you were walking by the shrub, you might think you were looking at a caterpillar climbing in a tree. After the blooms can be seen, this plant also produces a woody like fruit. This small fruit has a number of seeds but some types of the bottlebrush tree can take years to produce fruit with seeds. The leaves are also unique with this plant. They are long thin and a deep green color. They are ornamental and there are soft fine hairs on every leaflet. It is also said that these leaves have a wonderful fragrance.

The bottlebrush tree can grow to reach 10 feet in height. But many people choose to prune these shrubs down to size. It can survive in below freezing temperatures but not for a long period of time. Usually this plant does the best in a climate that receives temperatures that do not go below 35 to 40 degrees. If you do live in a cooler area, you can start the plant in a pot during the spring and bring it indoors when the temperatures start to go below freezing. If you were thinking about keeping a few of these plants in your garden, there are a few good tips that can help to produce healthier plants.

This plant enjoys a mixed fertilizer. The PH requirements are neutral, mildly acidic and mildly alkaline. When you purchase your bottlebrush tree or seeds, you can inquire about what type of fertilizer to use to enhance these plants. Anytime a plant produces blooms and fruit, you should make sure the soil has the proper nutrients for the plant. This can also help the plant produce fruit with numerous seeds.

Another thing that aids the blooms, fruit and colors is placing the plant in full direct sunlight. If you are unable to put the plant in full sunlight, make sure that it receives afternoon sun. It requires at least 5 hours of sunshine everyday. Sunlight helps to produce more blooms and fruit and also helps the plant to maintain the sharp colors.

You will not have to worry about watering this plant. It is drought resistant and loves the sunlight, so you can probably get by with letting the plant live on rainfall. But this is only when the plant fully matures. While it is growing, you should saturate the soil under the plant at least twice a week. Be careful not to let the roots sit in water for long periods of time, when it is young. But make sure that the soil under the plant is never sandy or dry.

The bottlebrush tree can make a beautiful addition to any yard or garden area. It will attract insects and birds to your yard. Hummingbirds especially love this plant and if you include a hummer bird feeder nearby, you will also have these birds in your yard for the duration of the summer and even into early fall.



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