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steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,595
We have a callistemon in a tub (so definitely planted on purpose!) - any idea as to which one? From the images I've seen it looks like a citrinus blah?
UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)


  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,308
    Does the foliage smell of citrus when crushed?
    Apparently it is supposed to.
    I can only say I do not think it is rigidus. The leaves do  not look as thin and closely packed as ours was.
    Are the leaves very hard and almost spikey or soft?

    There are two called citrinus one for the leaf scent and the other because it has yellow fkowers.

    Yours looks fanastic :)
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,595
    @Rubytoo Seems to smell of something citrusy! The leaves are ovate (get me with these terms) and leathery. They snapped rather than crumpled when I crushed it between my fingers.
    It's all gone bananas this year - last year we had the drought down here - so, so dry (and this year started the same) - but we've had some rain this year. And to top it all, last year the flowering cherry in this image was so covered in blackfly that it made the whole area look 'dirty' and goo dripped onto the rose and other flowers (that I'm getting round to identifying!)...grim. But another year and hey presto - 'stuff' looks better. The cherry is back, the rose under it did this....
    All down to my wife really. It was always a full, colourful area. She loved it out there - it reflects her!

    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    I agree with Rubytoo, it's likely to be Callistemon Citrinus if the leaves smell of citrus. The leaves are slightly hairy and soft when young and stiffen and turn more waxy when they mature.
  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,595
    Thank you both. I've added that to my list of plants.
    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
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