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Bottle Brush Tree and Shrub

~ What a scarlet bursting delight to grow around the house. Green leaves with Red Bottle like flowers that attract the multitude of pollinators. You never feel alone, listening to the busy life of bees, observing birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and flying critters that are sapping on red flower juice. 


There are an upright species and one that has a weeping form. The upright type can also make a nice screen or unclipped hedge. This tree can grow up to 25 ft high.


Moreover, evergreen Bottle Brush tree leaves are medicinal and a cousin to Melalukah Tree. By boiling a cup of leaves and branches a gallon of water, you can brew yourself a handmade antiseptic for your house and body.

Here is what our USF published about this specimen:

This popular evergreen tree has a dense, multi-trunked, low-branching, pendulous growth habit and a moderate growth rate. Mature specimens can reach 25- to 30-feet tall in 30 years, but most trees are seen 15- to 20-feet high and wide. The narrow, light green, 3- to 4-inch-long leaves tend to grow only at the ends of the long, hanging branches, creating a weeping effect. The cylindrical, bright scarlet blooms, three to five inches long and 1-inch wide, are composed of multiple, long, bristlelike stamens. These blooms appear in great abundance March through July, less so throughout the year. The flowers are followed by persistent woody capsules that are not noticed unless you are close to the tree.


This tree provides a nice shade in the Sunny days, but moreover, it’s very tolerant of freezing and hot and humid temperatures. Bottlebrush will thrive in full sun and can adapt to a variety of soils. Also, It’s a very drought- and salt-tolerant plant.

A giant canine bee inquires about the vibrant flowers 🙂

Such versatility is more than welcomed in my Florida backyard 😉

Until next time, my dear friends.


All photographs belong to Luda



14 thoughts on “Bottle Brush Tree and Shrub

  1. Oh, how I would like to plant that tree in our backyard! Alas, it thrives only in the milder climates in places like Florida. The flowers look so appealing, as your photos so clearly show. Have a great week, Luda!

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      1. We moved from the townhouse 3 years ago when Len almost died twice in hospital, but only to the next street, so I still see it. Just beautiful. Wish I still had it, but he couldn’t handle 19 stairs.

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  2. I have several in my garden as they are just as hardy as you say, tolerating almost every kind of weather including the -6 C frosts we had this year.

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