Common red bottle brush, crimson bottle brush, lemon bottlebrush, honey myrtle
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
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’)
Melaleuca rigida has shorter, narrower more coriaceous leaves; its persistent capsules are more woody and dense than in M. citrina.
Hard persistent capsules
Reason for introduction
Ornamental. Very widely grown in NZ but few confirmed records of it self-establishing