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.
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||1 ~ 3 metre|
|Width:||1 ~ 3 metre|
|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|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.