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•Status in Florida: Cultivated, non-native

•Size at Maturity: Bottlebrush trees vary in size depending on the species and cultivar. They typically range from small shrubs to medium-sized trees, reaching heights of about 6 to 25 feet tall.

•Phenology: Bottlebrush trees are evergreen or semi-evergreen and produce cylindrical spikes of flowers resembling bottlebrushes.

•Life Cycle: Perennial tree or shrub

•Bloom Season: Bottlebrush trees typically bloom in spring or summer, but some species may produce flowers intermittently throughout the year.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Evergreen or semi-evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained, fertile soil; tolerant of various soil types

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Moderate moisture; Bottlebrush trees are drought-tolerant once established but benefit from regular watering during dry periods, especially in sandy soils.

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Moderate to high tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Bottlebrush trees are commonly used as ornamental landscape plants, providing year-round interest with their unique flowers and attractive foliage. They can be grown as specimen trees, hedgerows, or used in mixed shrub borders.

•Maintenance Tips: Prune Bottlebrush trees as needed to maintain shape and remove dead or diseased branches. They are relatively low-maintenance once established but may benefit from occasional fertilization and mulching.

•Considerations: Bottlebrush trees are valued for their showy flowers, which attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Some species may produce small, woody fruits that are attractive to birds.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; deer and rabbits may occasionally browse on Bottlebrush foliage, but it is not typically preferred by these animals.

•Edible: Bottlebrush trees are not typically grown for their edible qualities and are not considered edible.

•Medicinal Uses: Bottlebrush trees are not known for significant medicinal uses in humans.

•Toxicity to Pets: Bottlebrush trees are generally considered non-toxic to pets, but ingestion of large quantities of leaves or flowers may cause gastrointestinal upset

Bottlebrush Tree - Callistemon spp., non-native


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