Callistemon pityoides

Callistemon pityoides

Alpine bottlebrush

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Callistemon pityoides
  • Common name: Alpine bottlebrush
  • Family: Myrtaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Blue​/​Green

Callistemon is a genus of shrubs and small trees native to Australia, known as bottle brush plants. As their name suggests, they have bottlebrush-like flowers in a range of colours including red, yellow and pink. While not fully hardy, they make an interesting choice for an exotic garden, and are particularly suited to gardens in the south of the British Isles, where they are more likely to survive winter.

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Alpine bottlebrush, Callistemon pityoides (syn. sieberi) is the hardiest of the callistemons. It grows naturally at high altitudes and is therefore more accustomed to lower temperatures than others in the genus. It bears narrow leaves and small, yellow flower spikes in summer.

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Grow Callistemon pityoides in moist soil in full sun to partial shade. For best results, and the greatest flowering potential, grow in front of a sunny wall or in a container which you can bring indoors in autumn.

How to grow Callistemon pityoides

  • Plant size

    2m height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy, half hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Callistemon pityoides and wildlife

Callistemon pityoides has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Callistemon pityoides poisonous?

Callistemon pityoides has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People