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PROTEA Telopea 'Braidwood Brilliant'

Commonly known as Waratah

Brilliant red flowers

 

  • Evergreen - round-tipped, leathery leaves
  • Red
  • Height - 1.5-2m (5-6½ft)
  • Spread - 1.5-2m (5-6½ft)
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Exotic plants -
  • Good to know - from a hybridisation of T. speciosissima and T. mongaensis in the 1960s .Developed at Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - Australia
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Tubular - - paired, tubular flowers 2-2.5cm (¾-1in) long in flower heads 6-8cm (2½-3¼in) across
  • Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0) -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest - Spring -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Neutral to acid soil -
  • Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
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