The Bottlebrush trees have been blooming for a while in many of the gardens here. I snapped this on one of my many visits to the local Cultural Centre. The bottlebrush trees belong to the Callistemon genus of shrubs in the Myrtaceae family. The majority of bottlebrush plants are endemic to Australia. The blooms attract a lot of birds and insects. If you click on this picture, you’ll see a bee (bottom, extreme right) hidden amidst the blooms.
The height of the trees vary from 6′ to 15′. The name comes from the shape of the blooms closely resembling brushes with spiky bristles. Although red is the colour that is seen around here, there are species with white, yellow, and orange blooms.
Did you know that these ‘brushes’ are used for making miniature Christmas trees? Here’s a link that say how. http://www.ehow.com/how_7488571_make-bottle-brush-tree.html
The flower spikes of the bottlebrush form in spring and summer and are made up of a number of individual flowers. Each flower produces a small woody fruit containing hundreds of tiny seeds. These fruits form in clusters along the stem and remain so for many years.
This small tree is an attractive addition to any garden. Provided that the garden has enough space. There is also a species of bottlebrush that is one-sided. Here’s a link that you might find interesting….http://anpsa.org.au/c-qua.html
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