hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

Re: bottlebrush bush - root system

Theresa do you know if it is a shrub or a tree form???  There are some  
wonderful dwarf bottlebrush bushes available now, that are classified under  
"Little John".  These stay relatively small, are easily hedged and  shaped, and slow 
growing in comparison to others.   Monrovia recently  (in the past year) 
introduced topiary trees too, which are wonderful.  I  like the Little John 
because it blooms throughout the year rather than in the  spring only, or off and 
on.  The blooms and foliage is smaller, but just as  beautiful.
I have a weeping bottlebrush tree which is Callistemon viminalis.....red  
blooming.  From my experience the C. citrinus is more upright than the  actual 
weeping bottlebrush tree, although it does tend to weep toward the end of  the 
branches.  The C. viminalis has a growth pattern more like a weeping  willow.   
My weeping bottlebrush is about 8 years old and is a good 20  foot tall, and 
at least 10 foot wide.  It is planted in the middle of  my yard, directly next 
to the pond.....I have yet to notice any root problems  either in the walkway 
around the pond or in the yard.  
Personally I don't think the root system is large enough to bother your  
foundation, however, I would think that the shrub might be too close (if the  
regular, not dwarf) to the house if it is a one story.  My neighbor planted  a 
standard bottlebrush about 2 foot from his house, thinking he could keep  it cut 
back......he has found this to be impossible since the bush, despite his  best 
efforts, continues to grow back to the mature height.  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 4/5/2008 6:50:54 PM Central Daylight Time,  
macycat3@sbcglobal.net writes:

Which  one is it, Theresa? Callistemon citrinus [the weeping one] or 
>>>  C. rigidus [the upright one]? I don't know how big rigidus gets, but  
>>> citrinus grows up to be a fair-sized tree. Its roots can also  create 
>>> problems for drain fields, sewer lines, and the  like--not as bad as 
>>> a willow, but  almost.
>>> On Apr  3, 2008, at 11:19 PM, Theresa G. wrote:
>>>>  Anybody know how big it gets?  I have one planted maybe 2 1/2  ft  
>>>> from my house.  Should I be  worried?

**************Planning your summer road trip? Check out AOL Travel Guides.    

To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement