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Erect bottlebrush is a small tree or shrub that typically reaches 15 – 20 feet in height, but potentially much taller. Moreover, it has a spreading, upright, oval or rounded, moderately dense crown; and the trunk has red brown fibrous bark.
Additionally, leaves are evergreen, stiff, alternate, gray-green in color, linear, 2 – 4 inches long and aromatic. Also, flowers are red with showy stamens encircling branch stems and form a 4 inch long cylinder which looks like a bottlebrush. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Fruits develop as tight clusters on the stem and are persistent, round hard seed capsules resembling small acorn caps and are about 1/4 – 1/2 inch in diameter.
Seeds or cuttings are used for propagation, is quite hardy once established; and it tolerates highly alkaline to slightly acidic soils.
Thanks to its attractive foliage and unusual showy flowers, erect bottlebrush has a variety of landscape uses, including as a reclamation plant, trained as a standard hedge near a deck or patio, a border planting along a fence or driveway, or pruned up as a single-trunked specimen tree. It is not considered an invasive species.
Other names: Pine Paperback, Melaleuca linearis var. linearis