Callistemon Rigidus (syn. Melaleuca Rigidus)

Erect Bottlerbrush

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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

Additional information

Common Name

Erect Bottlebrush

Flowering Season

Spring, Winter

Salt Tolerance

Moderate Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Moderate Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color




Plant Type



25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.