Covered with Flowers
Bottlebrush trees grow where it is hot and sunny. Florida meets that criteria. They are small and branchy with long dark green leaves. No matter the season, the tree looks good.
Florida in February is THE place to be for flowers, and this is a good winter for my Crimson Bottlebrush Tree. It is as full as I have seen it with unique red flowers.
About 15 years ago, I planted this small bottlebrush tree. They can be started from seed or a cutting. Mine was grown from a cutting.
The seeds for this tree are as unique as the flowers. The seeds look like groups of small brown beads attached to the bark. Some trees hold their seeds for years, and some release them yearly.
The flowers look like their namesake. They are long, one flower per thin branch and covered with red bristles.
Bottlebrush Tree Flower
Tiny green buds open to white flowers with many red filaments. Pollen is on the tips. The flowers attract bees and nectar-seeking birds.
Bottlebrushes are evergreens that do not get very big… usually about 10 to 15 feet. Red isn’t the only color of the flowers. They can be purple, pink, yellow, white and green. I am partial to red.
It is very nice to walk into the yard and pass this tree everyday. So nice.