so many red flowers in spring, weeping bottlebrush is among them. this plant is easy to spot, it has distinguishable features.
weeping bottlebrush in chinese has the term willow in the name, because of the resemblance. it is native to australia but it is very commonly planted in parks and in the city of hong kong. my guess is that people love the red blossoms and the fruit that chinese find them look like strings of coin.
to appreciate the flowers, i suggest admire them by far then take closer looks. even though the blossoms are red in colour and bloom in abundance when at season, they have a subtleness; red can be quiet not loud in weeping bottlebrush. then, get closer. the scarlet stamens dotted yellow at top are crowded but clearly disciplined. in this season, fruits are still soft and green and rotund. they will turn into woody capsules when mature.
this evergreen small tree is in the myrtaceae (the myrtle family). this family is of quite a number characteristics, after checking few databases online. myrtle, clove, guava, and eucalyptus all belong here. all species are woody, with essential oils. one notable character of the family is that the phloem is located on both sides of the xylem, not just outside as in most other plants. the leaves are evergreen and usually with an entire (not toothed) margin, frequently are glandular dotted as well. the stamens are usually very conspicuous, brightly coloured and numerous.
串錢柳 weeping bottlebrush (callistemon viminalis) – 植物界 plantae kingdom | 被子植物門 magnoliophyta division | 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida order | 桃金娘科 myrtaceae (myrtle family) | 紅千層屬 callistemon genus | 種 species : 串錢柳 (c. viminalis)《維基》