Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Singing Tree

This Bootlebrush Tree which is planted as a roadside treein my area, is in full bloom now. It is full of birds at all times of the day so that the people call it the singing tree.
Callistemon is a native of Australia. In India it blooms profusely in spring and in autumn. The name Callistemon comes from the Greek kalos, "beautiful", and stemon meaning "stamens".The inflorescence have such long stamens , which give it the appearance of a bottlebrush.
Callistemon is a very useful plant for a dry , sunny area, as it requires hardly any care.
It can be propagated by cuttings during the rainy season.


  1. @lotusleaf: This is the most fascinating plant I have seen and has some childhood memories attached with it. Am totally fida on this one and still stop to take a look when I find one.

  2. What a delightful name for it! We grew these in southern Texas, a wonderful tree. Loved your flaming flowers too, just lovely. :-)

  3. Urban Green, I can understand your liking for the pretty tree.
    Frances,the Greek names are quite fancy, aren't they:-)

  4. Padma, when I saw the title of your post on my sidebar, I wondered what it was! Oooh, the tree in full bloom is lovely! I've photographed them too but never with that many blooms! Loved reading the Greek part as well!

  5. I love that it's called a singing tree! I don't think I've seen such a large Bottlebrush tree before, and they bloomed here a long time ago.

  6. Kanak, the tree is so full of birds most of the time that it sings!
    Catherine, this is the second blooming season for the tree this year.

  7. What a lovely lush tree... great color! A singing tree... if I were a bird I would want to be inside there singing too.