Callistemon citrinus (Curtis) Skeels, Bull. Bur. Pl. Industr. U.S.D.A. 282: 49 (1913)

Latin for 'lemon', reffering to the aromatic leaves.

Callistemon citrinus var. splendens Stapf
Callistemon laevis Stapf [Invalid]
Callistemon lanceolatus DC.
Melaleuca citrina (Curtis) Dum.Cours.
Metrosideros citrina Curtis

Shrub between 1 and 3 metres in height. Leaves 3 to 7 cm long and 5 to 8 mm wide. The veins of the leaves are clearly visible on both sides. The flower spikes are 6 to 10 cm in length and about 4 to 7 cm in diameter. The stamens are red, purplish-red or lilac with dark-coloured anthers. The seed capsules are woody, cup-shaped and about 7mm wide and appear in clusters along the stems.

Occurring in the vicinity of rocky streams and near-coastal swamps. Birds have been observed using the species as a source of food (nectar and seeds).


Southeastern Australia, but now cultivated as an ornamental across the world in warm, dry and sunny climates.

Local names
English: Crimson Bottlebrush.