Callistemon ‘Great Balls of Fire’ Bottlebrush


Callistemon ‘Great Balls of Fire’ is a striking foliage plant that deserves a place in many gardens. It is hardy in diverse situations, and is a naturally easy care plant, that will really shine with a little bit of extra care such as a light pruning every now and again. This cultivar rarely flowers but should be grown for its wonderful, bright pink to red new growth which is borne on a very compact, bun-shaped shrub. It grows well in a wide range of climatic conditions, from humid tropical areas to cool temperate climates. Once established it is dry tolerant, but it will appreciate deep watering in dry periods. A light regular trim and an application of a good general purpose fertiliser will be beneficial. if it gets neglected, this plant can take a heavier pruning, and will respond well thanks to the many dormant buds in its stems.

Scientific Name:Callistemon
Family:Myrtaceae
Common Name:Bottlebrush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses:Bonsai, Street tree, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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