Weeping bottlebrush resembles erect bottlebrush (see description), distinguished by its rounded weeping rather than erect crown form. Weeping bottlebrush is a small tree or shrub which reaches a height of up to 25 feet with a crown of brittle, drooping, low branches. Leaves are green, alternate, simple, entire, linear, 2 - 4 inches long. Flowers are red with showy stamens encircling branch stems to form a 3 - 5 x 1 inch long cylinder which looks like a bottlebrush. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Fruits are borne as tight clusters on the stem and are persistent, round, hard, brown, small seed capsules less than 1/2 inch in diameter. Seeds and cuttings are used for propagation. Weeping bottlebrush can be grown in a range of soil types, providing they are well-drained. Cultivated in good soils with fertilizer application will maximize the flower production. Easily pruned into a tree or hedge, is a good landscape species on the deck or patio, as a screening hedge, parking lot islands and lawns or gardens. It is also a good container plant; it is not recommended along sidewalks or roads because of its drooping habit. It is not considered an invasive species.
Photo Credit: Karl Gercens