A picture of a Lemon Bottlebrush

Lemon Bottlebrush

Melaleuca pallida

Also known as

Yellow Bottlebrush

Melaleuca pallida leaves and flowers by Geoff Derrin (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

7m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Lemon Bottlebrush

A close up of a Melaleuca pallida plant with white flowers green leaves and brown fruits
A close up of some white Melaleuca pallida flowers and green leaves
Close up of cream Callistemon flowers

Lemon Bottlebrush Overview

Melaleuca pallida is an evergreen, arching shrub from the Myrtaceae family. It produces slender, greyish-green leaves and dense spikes of cream-yellow flowers from late spring to mid-summer. These are followed by long-lasting brown, woody fruit capsules. This plant was previously known as Callistemon pallidus; common names include Lemon Bottlebrush and Yellow Bottlebrush. Originally from Australia, this unusual bottlebrush has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'. It is low maintenance and needs little or no pruning. It is suitable for sheltered, sunny borders, screening and coastal gardens, and needs moist, well-drained soil.

Common problems with Lemon Bottlebrush

How to propagate Lemon Bottlebrush

Cuttings

Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Seed

Seeds in the autumn or spring.

Special features of Lemon Bottlebrush

Attractive flowers