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Commonly known as Bottlebrush
The bottlebrush flowers can be red, purple, pink, white, green or yellow and well grown specimens can be hard-pruned. In some species the hard seed capsules are released by fire.
Genus of 30 species or more of evergreen tress and shrubs from Australia from moist, open sites and in woodland.
EvergreenTrees and shrubs. Cylindrical to lance-shaped leaves.
Against a wallA sheltered site at the base of a house wall is ideal.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowTolerates hard pruning when established.Pests & DiseasesRed spider mites, mealy bugs and scale insects under glass.Place of originAustralia.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilNeutral to acid soil
Buy Varieties of CALLISTEMON
miniature habit, deep red flowers
clear pink flowers
compact growing with deep scarlet flowers
the most vivid scarlet flowers
cream coloured flowers and narrow leaves
hardy red bottlebrush which thrives in poor soils in full sun
one of the hardiest of the bottlebrushes with narrow willow-like leaves and pale yellow flowers
(pityoides) - This is the hardiest species with narrow leaves and pale yellow flowers in short spikes
attractive weeping habit with bright red flowers. Had proved hardy at Burncoose
narrow leaves and purplish red bottlebrush flowers