Saturday 3 September 2011: Weeping Bottle Brush Tree
Also known by the name: Callistemon viminalis.
Weeping bottlebrush is a beautiful flowering tropical tree (or large shrub) that boasts a springtime explosion of scarlet blossoms.
An attractive tree even when not in bloom, this bottlebrush grows to a height of about 20 ft (6 m), forming a wide rounded crown if the lower branches are pruned off.
Brilliant red stamens are arranged into 6 in (15 cm) cylinders that resemble the brushes used to clean bottles.
These hang from the tips of pendulous branches and wave seductively in the breeze.
Weeping bottlebrush flowers mature into woody capsules that are distinctive of this genus. Leaves are narrow and lance shaped growing up to 4 in (10 cm) in length.
The leaves are a very attractive bronze-green when they emerge in spring, gradually turning dull green as they mature.