Callistemon - Further Information

Most books dealing with Australian native plants will contain useful information on the botany and horticulture of callistemons. There are also a number of Callistemon resources on the internet. Some of the most detailed references are listed below.


  • Brophy, J J, Craven, L A and Doran, J C (2013), "Melaleucas: Their Botany, Essential Oils and Uses". Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. This publication adopts the re-classification of Callistemon into the genus Melaleuca and can be downloaded from the ACIAR website.
  • Cornford, C (1999), "Callistemon, Melaleuca, Kunzea, Leptospermum and Other Genera Within the Myrtaceae Family", ANPSA Melaleuca and Allied Genera Study Group. A checklist of species and their performance under cultivation in a range of districts.
  • Elliot, W. R and Jones D (1982), "The Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants", Vol.2, Lothian Publishing Company Pty Ltd, Melbourne.
  • Wrigley, J and Fagg, M (1993), "Bottlebrushes, Paperbarks and Tea Trees", Angus and Robertson, Australia.


Several issues of the Society's journal "Australian Plants" are particularly useful for those interested in Callistemon and related plants.

  • Vol 9, Nos.69 and 70 December 1976 and March 1977; A two-part, detailed description of Callistemon, Melaleuca and related plants including a botanical outline of the features of the Myrtaceae.
  • Vol 11, No.89 December 1981; Detailed descriptions of most Callistemon species and many cultivars.
  • Vol 16, No.125 December 1990; Details of botany of Callistemon and its relatives, propagation, information on cultivars and many photographs.
  • Vol 16, No.127 June 1991; Information on related genera (particularly Calothamnus and Melaleuca) with photographs.
  • Vol 21, No.168 September 2001; Information on Callistemon and related genera; Growing Callistemon in large pots.


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