Callistemon Viminalis (syn. Melaleuca viminalis)

Weeping Bottlebrush

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Calistemon Viminales, known as Weeping Bottlebrush, resembles Erect Bottlebrush. Although, it is widely distinguished by its rounded weeping rather than erect crown form.

As a result, weeping Bottlebrush, is a small tree or shrub which reaches a height of up to 25 feet; with a crown of brittle, drooping, low branches. Leaves are green, alternate, simple, entire, linear, 2 – 4 inches long. Flowers are red with showy stamens encircling branch stems to form a 3 – 5 x 1 inch long cylinder which looks like a bottlebrush. Also, bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.

Fruits are borne as tight clusters on the stem and are persistent, round, hard, brown, small seed capsules less than 1/2 inch in diameter. Seeds and cuttings are used for propagation.

Weeping bottlebrush can be grown in a range of soil types, providing they are well-drained. Generally, it is cultivated in good soils with fertilizer application will maximize the flower production. Also, it is easily pruned into a tree or hedge.

It is a great landscape species on the deck or patio, as a screening hedge, parking lot islands and lawns or gardens; not considered an invasive species. Besides, it is also considered a good container plant; and not recommended along sidewalks or roads because of its drooping habit.

Additional information

Common Name

Weeping Bottlebrush

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native



Flowering Season

All Year

Growth Rate

Moderate Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color




Plant Type

Evergreen, Flowering


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