C.pachyphyllus.JPG (42884 bytes)Callistemon pachyphyllus: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Wallum Bottlebrush.
Callistemon pachyphyllus is a low to medium shrub with an open growth habit. The stiff branches develop from a lignotuber (swollen root mass). The dull green, rigid leaves are narrow and up to eight centimetres long.
Flower spikes are usually red but green forms do occur (see image). Flower spikes (of both colours) are usually ten centimetres long by five centimetres wide and appear in spring, summer and autumn. Honeyeaters are attracted to the flowers. Wallum Bottlebrush flowers best in full sun.
Callistemon pachyphyllus will cope with both dry and wet situations. The plant illustrated is growing in a dry, well-drained position in one of our gardens. The Wallum Bottlebrush tolerates frost as well as drought.
Remove spent flower spikes to keep plant bushy and flowering generously.
Callistemon pachyphyllus occurs in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland in coastal areas.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.