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Callistemon Bottle brush tree Pohon sikat botol Myrthaceae
 

Callistemon, Bottle brush tree,  Sikat botol, Pohon sikat botol

 
Callistemon, Bottle brush tree,  Sikat botol, Pohon sikat botol

These evergreen Australian shrubs and small trees Callistemon, Bottle brush tree,  Sikat botol, Pohon sikat botolbear magnificent long-stamened, mostly red flowers in dense cylindrical spikes that look like a bottle brush, hence their common name.
The tips of the flower spikes continue to grow as leafy shoots, leaving long-lasting, woody seed capsules that eventually become half embedded in the thickening branch.
Many species have a somewhat weeping habit and a few have striking papery bark, like that in the related genus Melaleuca.
The flowers are nectar rich and attract birds, including small parrots (lorikeets) in their native regions. The 25 species hybridize freely and seed from mixed stands cannot be trusted to come true.
The larger species are popular as compact street and park trees for mild climates.
In general, they prefer full sun and moist soil; some, howevCallistemon, Bottle brush tree,  Sikat botol, Pohon sikat botoler, will tolerate poor drainage.
A light pruning after flowering will prevent seed capsules forming and help promote bushiness and flowering.
Prune to establish a single trunk on tree-like species.
Propagate species from seed (preferably wild collected), cultivars and selected clones from tip cuttings.

  

 
 
 
 
 

 

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