Callistemon_formosus.jpg (60495 bytes)Callistemon formosus: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Cliff Bottlebrush.

Callistemon formosus is a tall shrub that may reach a height of five metres with a spread of three metres and pendulous growth habit.

The leaves are narrow, up to eight centimetres long and one centimetre wide. Juvenile growth is slightly hairy and purplish pink in colour.

The cream flower spikes that appear in late spring are about eight centimetres long and three centimetres across.

As with all Bottlebrushes the flower spikes should be cut off when they fade. This will encourage new growth and promote plenty of blooms during the next flowering period.

Callistemon formosus has proved to be very hardy in our garden. The Cliff Bottlebrush is drought and frost tolerant. Once established the species has very low water requirements.

Callistemon formosus has very limited distribution and is found in rocky places in or near rainforests. The species is restricted to the Kingaroy area, southern Queensland.

Propagate from seed or cuttings. Callistemon formosus has proved to be one of the easiest Bottlebrushes to propagate from cuttings.