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How to Plant Bottle Brush Trees

By Lily Obeck ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bottlebrush trees are well-known for their fabulous red blooms. These blooms explode in the spring and give the tree a weeping, wispy look. Some people think of them as a more exciting version of a willow tree. Native to Australia, bottlebrush grows best in warm or subtropical climates. They grow to a height of between 6 and 15 feet. When left unpruned, the tree makes an excellent privacy barrier. However, when the bottom branches are kept trimmed and pruned, the bottlebrush takes on a wonderful weeping look.


Obtain a young bottlebrush tree from your local garden center. The roots will be covered in a bag.

Measure the width and depth of the root bag, and record each measurement. Multiply each measurement by two, as this is the size of the hole that needs to be dug for the tree.

Find a place to plant your bottlebrush. The tree must have full sun throughout the day, with well-drained soil.

Dig your hole according to the measurements calculated earlier. If possible, use a tractor with a posthole-digger attachment to quickly dig the hole.

Mix one part compost with one part original soil, and fill 1/4 of the hole with the mixture.

Uncover and separate the roots without disturbing them too much. If the roots seem dry, rinse them with a small amount of water.

Place the roots gently into the hole, and fill the remainder of the hole with the compost and soil mixture. Water the soil around the tree thoroughly after planting.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Water


  • Bottlebrush is hardy in winter as long as it is kept dry.
  • Add a balanced fertilizer around the bottlebrush tree monthly, and topdress it in the spring.

About the Author


Lily Obeck is a copywriter based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She writes for print, online, outdoor and broadcast marketing, with expertise in health, education and lifestyle topics. Obeck holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Texas and works as a part-time children's library assistant.