Bottle Brush Trees
Q.

bottle brush not growing

Zone ky120yw | marilynsingleton added on June 21, 2018 | Answered

I have a bottle brush but it has only grew 2 feet in 5 years and it never flowers. This year there is bumpy bits that have grown.and they had white stuff on it like cotton wool. That has gone now but bumpy bits still there . What am i doung wrong. i got this from an aunty who passed so don't want to give up on it. It is in sunshine all day and shade around 5 I water it weekly. It is still growing as new leaves appear and it's lovely and green. But not flowering. i was told by a garden centre it was a bittle brush as I didn't no what it was. Any help appreciated. Thank you

A.
A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 22, 2018

I have not been able to identify your tree as any variety of Bottle Brush.
I'm also not able to find any Bittle Tree that you mention a garden center identified your tree as.

Your leaves have more of a fruit tree shape.

The image that show what you describe as white stuff is too blurry for a good id.
This could be Mealy Bug, Wooly Aphid or Scale.

I would treat the plant with Neem Oil, it may take multiple applications.

You can try your local County Extension Office for an id.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

00
Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Bottle Brush Trees
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More