How to grow Callistemon

Callistemon grow and care – shrub‎ to tree of the genus Callistemon also known as Melaleuca citrina or Bottlebrushes, Callistemon perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, bonsai or drought tolerant, can grow in tropics, subtropics, temperate, mediterranean or desert climate and growing in hardiness zone 7+.

Leaves color green in lanceolate shape.

Callistemon flower

Flower color red or white the flower small needle like and grow in inflorescence in bottlebrush shape.

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How to grow Callistemon growing and care:

Well-drained soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Autumn / Winter / Spring

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / early winter

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant?
0.5-6 m, 2-18 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Winter / Spring

General information about the flower
Red or white small flowers needle like and grow in inflorescence in bottlebrush shape

Scientific name:

Melaleuca viminalis

How to grow Callistemon

Growing Callistemon plant

Callistemon plant care

Callistemon flowers



Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Winter flowers
Flower colors
  • Red flower
  • White flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Bonsai
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Hedging plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9