• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Callistemon pallidus

lemon bottlebrush

  • Other common names lemon bottlebrush

  • Family Myrtaceae

  • Genus Callistemon are evergreen shrubs with aromatic, linear to lance-shaped leaves and bottlebrush-like spikes of flowers in which the long colourful stamens are prominent

  • Details C. pallidus is an erect or spreading evergreen shrub, 2-4m high, with numerous slender branches. The young shoots are silvery or red and covered in silky hairs, as well as narrowly-elliptic, grey-green or dark green, leaves up to 10cm long. Cream or pale yellow flowers, in semi-open ""bottlebrush"" spikes 10cm long, appear from late spring to midsummer, followed by woody fruit capsules which may persist for several years

  • Plant range Australia, Tasmania


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Foliage

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect West-facing or South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Sand


  • Loam


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam

  • pHNeutral, Acid


  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in full sun in moderately fertile, freely-draining but moisture-retentive neutral or acidic soil; under glass grow in loam-based compost (John Innes No. 2)

Propagation Propagate by seed, sown onto moist compost at 16-18?C, in spring, or by heeled semi-ripe cuttings of lateral shoots in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Hedging & Screens Coastal City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 (little or no pruning of trees and shrubs)

Pests May be affected by glasshouse red spider mite, mealybugs, and scale insects, especially under glass

Diseases Generally disease free

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