Callistemon pallidus

Lemon Bottlebrush

Dense upright large shrub locally with silky, silvery or reddish new growth.

Additional information

  • SynonymMelaleuca pallida
  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size3-6 m x 2-5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesThick elliptic grey-green leaves with a sharp point, densely dotted with glands; 3-7 cm x 9-15 mm.
  • Flower colourCream to lemon
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersMany flowers in crowded bottlebrush spikes 3-7 cm long.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained rocky sites at higher altitudes. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun, semi and partial shade.
  • Garden useAttractive shrub for a medium screen or windbreak. Very adaptable in cultivation, tolerant of both waterlogging and dry sites. Pruning beneficial but naturally dense.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery.Taller local form not commonly available.
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions. Occurs in limited populations within the Shire.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - honey
  • Related speciesSome states recognise that all callistemons are now Melaleuca. In Victoria they are still recognised as Callistemon.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4 Marilyn Bull; 3 Peter Kinchington ©

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