Callistemon ‘Gawler Hybrid’ – Bottlebrush

 

This small tree to large shrub is also known as ‘Harkness’, and is a fine larger bottlebrush, with a lightly weeping habit. It is highly suitable for street plantings, as it is very tolerant of difficult sites. It has large bright red flowers in spring and summer, which nectar feeding birds and other wildlife love. It also makes few seed pods. Very drought and heat tolerant, and will grow in just about any soil type, even poor soil.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Callistemon
Cultivar:Gawler Hybrid
Common Name:Bottlebrush
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 5 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cold climate, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Layering
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost
Plant Usage:Topiary, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Bonsai, Street tree, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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