Native Shrubs & Ground Covers Range
Plant Description: This bottlebrush plant is a unique Callistemon that produces vivid red new growth for 2 months in Autumn and 2 months in Spring, and is the ideal native alternative to Photinia.
Height & Width: 60cm-2m high x 50cm-1.5m wide (pruned), 2-2.4m high x 1.5-2m wide (unpruned).
Foliage: Vivid new red growth for two months in autumn and two months in spring, with lighter new red growth for more months of the year.
Flowers: Rarely if ever flowers.
Uses: Small to Medium hedge (also as a specimen shrub).
Position & Tolerances: Full sun to part shade. Very drought and frost tolerant. Moderate Myrtle Rust Resistance.
Soil Type: Most soil types.
Best Planting Time: March to October.
Planting Density: 1-2 plants per linear metre (1-2 plants per m²).
Where it thrives: QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, SA and WA.
Pruning: Prune 1-3 times per year after red new growth for a tidy hedge, more regular pruning results in a tidier, denser hedge.
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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