Callistemon pearsonii: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Blackdown Bottlebrush. The common name refers to the Blackdown Tableland, inland from Rockhampton in Queensland.
Callistemon pearsonii is a spreading shrub that reaches a height of one metre with a spread of 1.5 metres.
The leaves are linear, leathery and up to three centimetres long by three millimetres wide and crowned with a sharp point.
The flower spikes are about four centimetres long by five centimetres wide. They are deep red with golden anthers. Flowering occurs in late spring and summer. Remember to remove the flower spikes as they fade.
Although smaller than other Bottlebrush spikes the red and golden combination is very conspicuous.
Callistemon pearsonii would be an ideal foreground shrub for native garden beds. At Yallaroo our plants have survived and thrived through droughts and frosts.
Propagate from seed and cuttings. Seed grown plants will take longer to flower than cuttings taken from mature plants. This principle applies to the propagation of all plants.
There is a semi-prostrate form, of this species, known as “Rocky Rambler”.