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Callistemon salignus

Callistemon salignus
Rooted cutting just planted, not much to look at yet
willow bottle brush
Couple months later, new growth arriving with a reddish-brown color
Synonym(s) Melaleuca salicina
Common name willow bottle brush
Family myrtaceae
Life cycle shrub/tree (Z7-11)
Flowers pale yellow (spring)
Size 15-30'
Light sun

Features evergreen willow-like leaves, papery bark, and bottle brush flowers in late spring. Native to Australia, it should do well in our Houston garden. We bought one by mail order as a small sapling, so it will be a while before we get to see its true habit – especially since it was hit hard by a freeze in its first winter in our garden, which killed the top growth (strange, because it wasn't zone-7-cold), leaving our plant to return from its roots. A few years later, it was finally putting on a few feet of height, when it was once again attacked by a freeze, this one even fiercer. It again returned, and with some luck will return to vigor more quickly this time. Flower color on this species can reportedly vary from off-white to yellow to red, but the tag says yellow so I figure that's what we're getting.

Callistemon salignus
Returning from base after 2018 freeze-kill
willow bottle brush
And again, after 2021 megafreeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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