Callistemon pinifolius, Pine-leaved Bottlebrush
Callistemon pinifolius, the Pine-leaved Bottlebrush, is an open shrub that reaches a height of 1.5 metres with a similar spread in our cold climate garden. The leaves are narrow, about ten centimetres long with a sharp point. Flower spikes may be bright lime-green or red (see thumbnail). They are about eight centimetres long. The lime-green form is an unusual colour. Blooms appear in late spring. Remove brushes as they fade to keep plants compact and flowering freely.
In our garden, both colour forms have proved to be free flowering, hardy as well as drought and frost resistant.
Callistemon pinifolius is found in the Sydney region and also on the Western Slopes of New South Wales.
An interesting informal hedge could be created by planting alternate colour forms.
Propagate from seeds and cuttings. Both colour forms appear to come true from seed.
Warren and Gloria Sheather