En Español

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Thursday - February 14, 2008

From: Molino, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Non-Natives, Trees
Title: Looking for yellow bottlebrush (Callistemon sp.) and native substitutes
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I have been looking for years for a yellow bottle bush. It is identical to the red but is yellow. there are several varieties, but the one i want is just like the red one in appearance. I live in Florida-any suggestions on where I could locate one? thanks

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants thinks you must mean the bottlebrush tree (Callistemon sp.) that is native to Australia. Our focus and expertise here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is with plants native to North America so the Australian bottlebrush tree is not really in our purview. You could, however, Google "yellow bottlebrush" or "yellow Callistemon" and perhaps you would find some sources for the tree you want.

Mr. Smarty Plants would like to recommend the following attractive native trees with yellow blossoms as a possible substitute for the yellow bottlebrush:

Acacia farnesiana (sweet acacia)

Parkinsonia aculeata (Jerusalem thorn)

Rhododendron austrinum (orange azalea)

Tecoma stans (yellow trumpetbush)

Sophora tomentosa (yellow necklacepod) and another site with photos


Acacia farnesiana

Parkinsonia aculeata

Rhododendron austrinum

Tecoma stans

 

 

More Non-Natives Questions

Newly planted Burford Holly doing poorly in Austin, TX.
July 25, 2011 - About a month ago I bought dwarf burford holly. Now they have slowly started getting brown leaves that eventually fall off. Some of the plants have white spots on the ends. I usually check my plant...
view the full question and answer

Non-native Indian Hawthorn and Abelia resistance to deer from Ackerman MS
January 16, 2010 - I recently landscaped my yard. I have a large variety of bushes and trees. They have been planted for about a month. Yesterday, while out in the yard, I noticed that about half of my Indian hawthorn...
view the full question and answer

Possible maple scale on non-native mophead hydrangeas from Newport RI
August 07, 2013 - I have a mophead hydrangea that has small white cottony tufts under the leaves and on the stems. I believe this is maple scale. Is there a home remedy I can use to rid this disease?
view the full question and answer

Mediterranean Pines indigenous to Verde Valley AZ
January 01, 2012 - Are the tall, thin Mediterranean/Pencil Pines growing in the Verde Valley in Arizona indigenous to the area? They are so plentiful, but are not identified as an indigenous evergreen. If not, how did...
view the full question and answer

Trailing perennial plants for High Wycombe, England
April 19, 2008 - Hello Mr Smarty Plants, I would like to know what trailing plants are also perennial, preferably flowering ones but that also look pretty when not in flower? My kitchen looks out onto a five foot h...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center