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Roger's Tree Pick for February: Callistemon

 

Last updated 2/28/2008 at Noon

The bright red flowers of the bottlebrush will attract hummingbirds to a garden.

The Callistemon (“kuh-LIS-tuh-mon”) family is made up of about 30 different species of trees and shrubs. They all come from “Down Under” and are known as the Australian bottlebrushes. They are botanical, gathered into the large Myrtaceae family, of which there are volumes of other plants from that specific genus.

One of the many bottlebrushes grown in California, Callistemon citrinus (lanceolatus), referred to as the lemon bottlebrush, has been a main staple in California gardens for years and is very hardy in a wide spectrum of conditions with no significant pest problems.

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