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Why has Slim™ Callistemon been chosen as the Editors Choice?
One of the qualities that makes Slim™ Callistemon stand above the rest is its incredible hardiness, tolerating drought, frost, and one of the unique characteristics is that the Slim™ plant will also tolerate radiated heat, so will cope with growing next to a tin shed or fence. It has been tested in extreme cold, down to -6 degrees Celsius and as an added bonus is Highly Myrtle Rust resistant.
It has a wonderful narrow growth habit, making the perfect medium screen or hedge for narrow planting zones, requiring minimal pruning to remain narrow, and its foliage grows all the way to the ground, unless pruned away.
Plant Description: This Callistemon has a unique narrow growth habit and is providing homeowners and landscape professionals with a flowering bottle brush solutions for those tight planting areas such as along fence lines, driveways, walls and thin garden beds.
Height & Width: 3m high x 1.3m wide (unpruned), 1.5m high x 60cm wide (minimum pruning height and width, can be pruned wider and taller).
Foliage: Unique foliage that grows to the ground unless pruned away.
Flowers: Red bottle brush flowers from September to November.
Uses: Medium to tall hedge or screen (also as a feature plant).
Position & Tolerances: Full sun to part shade. Drought and frost tolerant. Tolerates radiated heat, so can be planted near tin sheds and fences. Highly Myrtle Rust Resistant.
Soil Type: Most soil types.
Best Planting Time: March to October.
Planting Density: 1-1.5 plants per linear metre (1-3 plants per m²).
Where it thrives: QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, SA and WA.
Pruning: Prune 1-3 times per year after flowering for a tidy hedge, more regular pruning results in a tidier, denser hedge or screen. Slim™ Callistemon requires very minimal pruning to remain narrow.
Establishment & Extra Care:
- Water as required for 8-13 weeks until established.
- Plant in a well mulched garden, a chunky mulch is recommended.
- Use slow release fertiliser in spring, if required.
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