Callistemon sieberi

River Bottlebrush

Open to dense weeping shrub with fissured bark on older plants.

Additional information

  • SynonymCallistemon paludosus, Melaleuca paludicola
  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size3-10 m x 2-6 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesStiff narrow leaves with sharp point on end, 3-5 cm x 2-5 mm. New growth silvery with silky hairs.
  • Flower colourCream, pink
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersCream, occasionally pink, bottlebrush flowers in spikes to 5 cm long along branchlets.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWet to moist conditions, growing along river banks. Clay soils. Frost tolerant. Full sun or part shade.
  • Garden useScreening, weeping over pond areas. Tolerates dry conditions once established. Grow in poorly drained sites. Pruning beneficial.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • 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, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Colleen Miller ©

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