The crimson bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) is now flowering and can be seen from the access ramp leading from the walled garden to the nature centre. This south-east Australian shrub can reach 3m in height and the produces long brush-like flowering spikes.
Last year’s cup shaped seed capsules are clearly visible on the branches.
The leaves have a pleasant lemony smell when crushed.
Ours grows against a west wall as part of a shrub bed containing plants that are frost sensitive; the wall protects them from cold northerly and easterly winds.