Green Bottlebrush: Callistemon pinifolius

I know many people don’t like bottlebrush and consider them totally out of fashion and scraggly, but for me they are so useful within a garden design. This is Callistemon pinifolius, and it is a special in my eyes for the amazing flower colour, which is a subtle lime green (most of the time, sometimes they are red or gold), when this colour is combined with the burgundy of the new growth it is just lovely.

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This bottlebrush also has unusual thin almost needle like leaves, soft and weeping, it only reaches a couple of metres and needs regular pruning as all Callistemons do. I think it makes a great feature, with spot flowering throughout the year and if combined with the right backdrop plants it is something special.

2 thoughts on “Green Bottlebrush: Callistemon pinifolius

  1. Deb on

    So when is the best time to prune callistemons?
    I have the flat green leaf variety with new foliage that turns from pink to lime green.

    • Kath Gadd on

      The best time to prune them is after flowering. But as bottle brush can flower on and off all year, Autumn is a good time. You can cut them back up to a third. Or if you don’t want to do a hard prune, just prune off the spent flowers as the woody capsules that are left are what makes them look scraggly over time.

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