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  • Date Photo Taken

    10 / 07 / 2014

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    San Francisco

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So this grows into a large tree/bush with the smaller sized, soft green leaves and then the red bulbs that bloom into this bright red (almost pink) soft, hair like spikes. There are 2 of these trees in my backyard in San Francisco, right on the Presidio Park area. They don’t have a smell that I’ve noticed. Any help in identifying this would be much appreciated! I’d like to prune/care for it appropriately 🙂


  • trejil Registered says:

    I am from India, We have this tree here also, in our gardens. It is Callistemon lanceolatus/citrinus, I think.

    October 25th, 2014 at 2:45am

  • Jen C. Registered says:

    I grew up in Miami and Red Bottlebrush’s are a popular perennial landscape plant there… and can get quite big. It’s probably too cold here (and by “here” I mean Atlanta 😉 for them to grow as anything other than an annual.

    October 10th, 2014 at 1:27pm

  • Bobby Master Identifier says:

    I thought Callistemon citrinus as well but the no smell comment threw me a curve. Thanks Metrosideros and Georgia Gardener. Today I learned that Callistemon citrinus does not release the lemony fragrance until the leaves are bruised! The following link has some basic pruning info on Bottlebrush trees:

    October 9th, 2014 at 10:23am

  • Metrosideros Master Identifier says:

    Looks like Callistemon citrinus, Red Bottlebrush.

    October 8th, 2014 at 11:33pm

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