Definition of callistemon in English:



  • A plant of a genus that comprises the bottlebrushes.

    Genus Callistemon, family Myrtaceae

    • ‘There they were, right on cue, feeding in the callistemons in the car park right in front of the Information Centre.’
    • ‘Dwarf callistemons and dianellas are good in sunny spots.’
    • ‘Plants recommended for a south-facing wall include callistemon, the beautiful crimson bottle-brush and the startling passion flower.’
    • ‘When can I transplant a callistemon and how should I prune it?’
    • ‘Native plants with needle-like leaves or those with a small surface area such as many callistemons are also reliable in heat.’


Modern Latin, from Greek kallos ‘beauty’ + stēmōn ‘thread or stamen’.