Melaleuca viminalis – syn Callistemon viminalis
Common Name: Red Bottlebrush/ Weeping Bottlebrush
Description: Typically a small tree under 10m with weeping foliage and striking red ‘bottlebrush’ flowers. Bark is dark/grey and furrowed. Often multi-trunked.
Flowering: Main flowering time is Spring into Summer. Rarely in Autumn. Can form a spectacular display with masses of red flowers (and plenty of birds and insects hanging around)
Distribution and occurrence: Common along the east coast of Australia in Qld and northern NSW. Less commonly found in WA. Natural populations often alongside or close to waterways.
Interesting facts: The genus Callistemon is derived from Greek Kalos (beautiful) stemon (stamens). This plant has been widely cultivated and grown in many countries worldwide.