Bottle Brush Trees
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Crimson Bottle Brush Trees

Zone Pineville, Louisiana 71360 | Anonymous added on August 20, 2017 | Answered

My Crimson Bottle Brush Trees are now top heavy and leaning over. Should I use stakes and twine to help them stand back upright? We planted them for a boarder along our fence line. They were standing tall and growing very well, but we got a lot of rain and the just fell over. They are blooming right know and we have hundreds of bumble bees doing there pollination. Thank you for your help!

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on August 21, 2017

Yes, using stakes to help support them is a good idea, especially since bees are enjoying your plants now. This is probably a temporary problem based on the heaviness of the plants after they collected rain. For the future, you could prune them earlier in the season to hopefully prevent a recurrence:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/bottlebrush/pruning-bottlebrush-plants.htm

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