How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Family Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Bottlebrush, a native of Australia, is an evergreen
shrub or tree. The genus is identified by the colorful flowers
that appear as long, bristly clusters of filaments around a stem.
Bottlebrush is used as a formal clipped hedge, informal screen,
or trained as a small specimen tree. Dwarf forms exist that make
a lovely small hedge.
Optimum conditions for growth
Bottlebrush plants are adapted to temperate climate
zones and can be damaged at temperatures below 20° F. They
are somewhat tolerant of saline and alkaline soils but may exhibit
chlorosis. Bottlebrush does best in full sun with well-drained
soils. Once established bottlebrush requires little summer water,
with the exception of weeping bottlebrush (C. viminalis),
which does require ample water.
Flower of bottlebrush