ARTISTREE TIP: FOR OUTDOOR ELEGANCE, CONSIDER A WEEPING BOTTLEBRUSH TREE.
Q: I’m looking for a smaller tree that will add privacy and a bit of romance to my Southwest Florida yard. What do you recommend?
A: One of my all-time favorites is the weeping bottlebrush tree. This brilliant showstopper expertly placed can make outdoor evening dining feel like you’ve been whisked away to Paris. It pleases during the day, too, exuding a lush elegant feel.
Known for its small stature and romantic weeping form, the weeping bottlebrush is unrivaled for its grace and beauty while resisting most pests (which I promise you’ll appreciate when sipping your wine and enjoying evening breezes). And though it’s only about 15 feet tall, it will provide nice privacy as the dense crown matures and develops cascading branches. Fuzzy bottle-shaped blossoms appear heavily in the spring and intermittently the rest of the year. Requires full to partial sun.
Intrigued? Ask your landscape designer if he or she thinks this evergreen specimen will work in your landscape. If it will, I suggest you celebrate the installation with a bottle of Bordeaux!