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News, information & resources about Australian native plants & gardens with emphasis on Brisbane & Qld

Bottlebrushes

Callistemon and Melaleuca species and cultivars

These two genera have been grouped together here because they are hard to distinguish by the ordinary gardener. Some authorities believe the two genera should be formally merged. Consequently you may find Callistemon species referred to as synonymous with Melaleuca.

Because The Queensland Herbarium has decided to accept the merger, you're especially likely to see Callistemon species listed as Melaleuca in local publications and native plant nurseries in this state.

As this website is primarily for gardeners, the older and more familiar naming will be prioritised here until/if the new naming is accepted more broadly.


News

Myrtle rust a threat to Bottlebrushes
This disease attacks a wide variety of plants in the family Myrtaceae. It was first detected in NSW in 2010, but has since been identified in Qld. The extent of the host range is still being investigated, but it has been detected on Callistemon. For more information on the disease and up-to-date information concerning reporting obligations and quarantine restrictions, visit Biosecurity Queensland, the Myrtle Rust website (NSW Department of Primary Industries), or contact the relevant authority in your state or territory. (February 2011)


Online Information Resources


Bottlebrushes (Callistemon) Australian National Botanic Gardens
Melaleuca group of genera Australian National Botanic Gardens
Melaleuca and Callistemon: Why are they Different? Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Callistemon - Background Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Melaleuca - Background Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
The Melaleuca Page Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Early History of Callistemon Cultivation Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Marvellous Melaleucas Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Evolution of the Myrtle Family in Australia Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Pruning melaleucas Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Pruning Melaleuca squarrosa Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Australian Native Plants A Pruning Fact Sheet The Australian Plants Society - NSW Region
Australian forest profiles: Melaleuca Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Melaleuca The National Forestry Education and Awareness Network


Some Species and Cultivars - Callistemon

This is not a complete list! More links will be added over time.

Callistemon citrinus

Callistemon citrinus Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)

Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'

Also sold under the name 'Endeavour'
Callistemon 'Splendens' Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'. Australia National Botanic Gardens
Endeavour Bottlebrush (Callistemon 'Endeavour' ) Western Power, West Australia
Callistemon Endeavour "A View from Yallaroo", NSW
Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, U.K.

Callistemon 'Harkness'

syn. 'Gawler Hybrid'. C. citrinus X C. viminalis hybrid.
Callistemon 'Harkness' Australian National Botanic Gardens
Callistemon 'Harkness' Shire of Yarra Ranges (PDF)
Gawler Hybrid Bottlebrush (Callistemon 'Harkness' ) Western Power, West Australia

Callistemon 'Little John'

Melaleuca 'Little John' (Syn. Callistemon 'Little John') "Grow Me Instead", Australia
Callistemon Little John "A View from Yallaroo", NSW

Callistemon viminalis

Callistemon viminalis River Bottlebrush. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Melaleuca viminalis The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Weeping Bottlebrush (Melaleuca viminalis , synonym Callistemon viminalis) "Grow Me Instead", Australia
Callistemon viminalis Australian National Botanic Gardens
Callistemon viminalis Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Callistemon viminalis 'Rose Opal' "Botany Photo of the Day", University of British Columbia Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research

Others

Callistemon "Captain Cook" Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Callistemon glaucus Waterwise Plants for Perth Gardens, Water Corporation
Callistemon Hannah Ray "A View from Yallaroo", NSW
Callistemon 'Injune' Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Callistemon Kings Park Special "A View from Yallaroo", NSW Callistemon pachyphyllus Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Crimson Bottlebrush Callistemon phoenicus Moody Demonstration Garden, Arizonia
Callistemon polandii "A View from Yallaroo", NSW
Prickly Bottlebrush (Callistemon pungens) Southern Downs Regional Council, Qld
Callistemon salignus White bottlebrush, willow bottlebrush Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Callistemon salignus Willow Bottlebrush, White bottlebrush. Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Callistemon subulatus National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, U.K.

Some Species and Cultivars - Melaleuca

This is not a complete list! More links will be added over time.
Melaleuca argentea The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris) Western Power, West Australia
Melaleuca bracteata - Black Tea tree Save Our Waterways Now, Brisbane
Melaleuca bracteata The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Melaleuca bracteata Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Melaleuca bracteata (Black tea-tree) James Cook University, Qld
Melaleuca dealbata The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Melaleuca dealbata Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Melaleuca filifolia, Wiry honey-myrtle The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Swamp Tea-tree (Melaleuca irbyana) Forest of South-east Queensland Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government
Bush House Paperbark (Melaleuca irbyana) Logan City Council (PDF)
White Paperbark (Melaleuca leucadendra) Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Melaleuca leucadendra The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Melaleuca leucadendra var. angustifolia Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Dwarf Snow In Summer (Melaleuca linariifolia 'Claret Tops') "Grow Me Instead", Australia
Melaleuca nervosa (Paperbark) James Cook University, Qld
Melaleuca nesophila The Botanical Garden of Barcelona
Melaleuca nodosa Cooloola Coastcare
Melaleuca pearsonii 'Rocky Rambler' (Syn. Callistemon pearsonii 'Rocky Rambler') "Grow Me Instead", Australia
Paper barked tea tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia) Department of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland (PDF)
Melaleuca quinquenervia Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney
Melaleuca quinquenervia Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Download: Paper barked tea tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia) factsheet download page, Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland
Melaleuca quinquenervia Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
TAME Melaleuca! (The Areawide Management and Evaluation of Melaleuca) Forida, USA. Melaleuca quinquenervia introduced from Australia is a serious weed pest there.
Melaleuca recurva The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Melaleuca Revolution Green at the "Grow Me Instead" website
Melaleuca styphelioides Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Lace Flower - Melaleuca thymifolia Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Melaleuca trichostachya (Tea-tree) James Cook University, Qld
Melaleuca viridiflora The Taxonomy Research & Information Network

Ornamental Plant introductions (Some interesting notes on some common Melaleuca cultivars) Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines

Possible misspellings: Calistemon, Mellaleuca, Melaeuca

Many bottlebrushes put on a floral display in in springtime. (photos below Macgregor, Brisbane, September 2013)
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Related Topics:

Trees (General)
Shrubs (General)
Hedges (General)


Callistemon 'Litte John'
Horticultural cultivar 'Little John' doing well bordering a carpark (Acacia Ridge, Brisbane, May 2013)
Callistemon 'Litte John'
The above plants are growing in a narrow garden bed between tarmac and concrete. It's unlikely that they're receiving any irrigation or other care.
Callistemon 'Litte John'

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