EARLIER this year, we visited the Bottlebrush tree, with its red flowers that hang down like a curtain, obediently following the laws of gravity. This season, it’s the Golden Bottle Brush that is in bloom, or shall we say, its leaves are shining in the sun.
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A delightful evergreen tree all the way from Australia, the Golden Bottle Brush grows up to a height of 15 metres, with branches that are slender and, in the typical bottle brush, bowing down. Its leaves, golden at the moment, turn green with time, and one can spot tiny, creamy flowers during spring.
In Australia, it grows along creek banks and like all good trees, attracts insects and bees. Its timber is handy and durable and used for posts and poles. Its oil is an important element of this tree, which is apparently used to increase the effectiveness of some insecticides.
Also known as Golden Crest, River Tea Tree, Black Tea tree, and Prickly Leaved Tea Tree, the Melaleuca bracteata comes from the Myrtaceae family (the Bottlebrush family). Quite a hardy plant, this golden-yellow tree is fast-growing and makes an excellent choice for contrast planting.
Its beauty and fern-like foliage enhances flower decorations and is also great for bonsai specimens. To sustain its golden hue, this plant needs plenty of sunlight. In shade, it turns green after some time. Here’s a pointer – do not transplant the golden bottle brush, as even the slightest root damage may harm or kill the plant. Great as screens, hedges and borders, the golden bottle brush looks splendid as an avenue shrub or tree.
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