~ 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.
Such versatility is more than welcomed in my Florida backyard 😉
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Until next time, my dear friends.
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