The genus takes its name from Greek "kallistos", most beautiful, and "stemon", a stamen, referring to its large, showy stamens that make the flowers look like bottlebrushes (hence the common name). Evergreen shrubs and trees, native to Oceania, that bloom from spring to summer.
Latin name: Callistemon "Little John"
Grow in full sun and warm climates, in moderately moist, neutral or acid soils.
Plant in groups.
Propagated by semi-woody cuttings.
Shrub with short, red flowers and gray-green leaves.