The Bottlebrushes consist of a number of evergreen trees and shrubs, some of which are used in Florida landscapes. Of the many known species and varieties, four are suggested for use throughout Brevard County: The Weeping Bottlebrush, upright Bottlebrush, Red Cluster Bottlebrush and the Dwarf Bottlebrush.
Planting: Bottlebrush prefer well-drained, improved soil in full or half-day sun. Place in the ground at soil level and mulch around the root area to keep the soil moist. Water thoroughly every day for the first week. For the next two to four weeks, water at the rate of two to three thorough waterings per week.
Fertilizing: Bottlebrushes may be fertilized 2 to 4 times per year. Fertilize small trees every 3 months with 1/2 cup of Sunniland 6-6-6. For larger trees, fertilize in March and September with 2 to 3 pounds of Sunniland 6-6-6 or Espoma Tree-Tone and distribute lightly over the entire root area. Do not over fertilize.