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Callistemon citrinus

Australian bottlebrush

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Features

  • BloomsFebruary to June
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourRed-pink
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Callistemon citrinus (Australian bottlebrush). This is a showy evergreen shrub with attractive foliage and bright red, feathery flowers in the winter and spring. It is easy to grow and may be grown as an indoor or greenhouse plant. The pruning should be done every few years in late winter to ensure a good shape and profuse blooming.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Australia

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage, container, greenhouse, hedging, indoors

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

They are frost to half hardy, but in cool areas might need a little protection. They will require full sun and fertile well drained soil. In cool areas all except C.sieberi need protection of a south or west facing wall.

Propagation

Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer or by seeds in the autumn or spring.

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