Armidale District

Stamens are most obvious, hiding the
petals and sepals.
The Genus is under revision.

Left Panel information and images - N.Wilson

APS Armidale Fact Sheet - Callistemon pityoides

Text and images by
Neil Wilson

Callistemon pityoides is known as the Alpine Bottlebrush. It can reach a height of 3 metres, but most often is about 1 - 1.5m.

C_pityoides plant

Callistemon pityoides grows in boggy places in heathland or creeks but always in the open.
It is native to Queensland, NSW and Victoria at higher altitudes such as the Northern Tablelands.
The New England N.P., Cathedral Rocks N.P., Gibraltar Range N.P., and Torrington S.R.A. are a few places
where this species can be found.

flower heads
flower spikes

The leaves are linear and are often almost cylindrical, mostly 1-2cm long.
They have a sharp point (pungent pointed) but are not that scratchy when brushed past (not like some Hakea sp.)

Flowers are held in leafy spikes near the ends of branches and are yellow or cream.

New growth is pink but the short hairs (pubescent) can make them appear silvery-grey.


The bark is rough and furrowed on stems and branches that often hug the ground.
Leaves are often in cylindrical clusters at the ends of the branches. Along the branches, leaves are often sparse as the branch elongates.

Flowering occurs mainly from late October to February,
but will produce some flowers throughout the year.
The fruits are capsules about 3-5mm in diameter and are sessile on the branches.
Originally, this species was considered to be C. sieberi but the plant we now recognise
as C. sieberi was named C. paludosus and grows along river courses on the coast and tablelands.

flower heads
flower spikes

The leaves are broader and longer than the normal species.
Flowers are pink.

There is another form from Torrington, north of Armidale that has pink flowers.
This form is less frost hardy but has survived well in our garden amongst other plants
and rock terracing.
Callistemon pityoides is a common species that grows in higher
altitudes in three eastern states and it has no trouble with frosts.
It is a useful rockery or garden plant and is easily propagated from seed.