It is - or appears to be - Callistemon citrinus, my slight niggle of doubt due to the fact that the leaves, when rubbed, have no citrous smell. But I am fairly sure that it had a mild smell of tangerines last year. Odd.
The bright crimson 'brushes' are being borne in more profusion this year. There are about eighteen of them, but every time I count them I arrive at a different number!
Despite the ever-warming climate I am growing my plant against a warm south-west facing wall where it seems very happy. I can't quite match the conditions of its Australian home but on parts of Britain's south coast the plant really flourishes.
Our plant is now bearing plenty of bottle brushes. Stefen Hill, Daventry.
30 June, 2019
This photograph by Robert Perry and lifted from the internet shows the
potential of bottlebrush trees.
|The brushes look, and of course are, exotic.|
As I took this pictures three other bees were busy at work on the plant.
Stefen Hill, Daventry. 2 July, 2019