Callistemons in various forms appear inmost of temperate Australia, especially down the south-east coast. The nurserymen have had lots of fun crossing, and crisscrossing calistemons. Some have tiny, insignificant white or cream flowers but they can be mauve, pink or as in this callistemon citrinus, red. This one is a small tree, but they also come in shrubs, sprawling spreading plants, with straight limbs, or a weeping habit, with smooth leathery leaves like these, or hairier, greyish leaves.
Red callistemons mean Summer to me.
At this time of year, you could just chuck on some tinsel and have your Christmas decorating done!
This beautiful specimen belongs to my neighbour and looks magnificent hanging over our fence.
I like callistemons so much I bought four yesterday. 'Hot Pink' splendens x pallidus, 'Lone Ranger' kenmorrisonii, 'Nowa Nowa' nyall ingensis and 'Cherry Time' sublatus citrinus. I chose them based on their flowering times so there will be a spread.
They will have the job of hiding the tank and goat shed - but not where the goats can get them.