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Callistemon pallidus

lemon bottlebrush

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

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Grey Silver Cream Yellow Green Grey Silver Brown
Summer Red Grey Silver Cream Yellow Green Grey Silver Brown
Autumn Red Grey Silver Green Grey Silver Brown
Winter Red Grey Silver Green Grey Silver Brown
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Myrtaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Australia, Tasmania

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
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
  • Hedging and screens
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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