Species

Melaleuca citrina

Common Name(s)

common red bottle brush, crimson bottle brush, lemon bottlebrush, honey myrtle

Authority

Melaleuca citrina (Curtis) Dum. Cours.

Family

Myrtaceae

Brief Description

Erect much-branched shrub to 5 m or more. Flowers in dense red/crimson 'bottlebrush' heads. Crushed leaves lemon scented (hence the common name 'lemon bottlebrush')

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

Synonyms

Callistemon citrinus

Similar Taxa

Melaleuca rigida has shorter, narrower more coriaceous leaves; its persistent capsules are more woody and dense than in M. citrina.

Flower Colours

Red / Pink

Fruiting

Hard persistent capsules

Propagation Technique

Seed

Year Naturalised

1975

Origin

Australia

Reason for Introduction

Ornamental. Very widely grown in NZ but few confirmed records of it self-establishing

This page last updated on 10 Jul 2016